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Netflix no longer available for rooted Android phones, tablets

New version has a shift in copy protection

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(CNN)

SAN ANTONIO – Netflix has announced that rooted Android smartphones and tablets will no longer be able to download and play the latest version of their app.

People that were using altered or non-Google certified phones will now notice that the app is not visible on Google Play.

Rooting a phone is often referred to as  "jailbreaking" and is a way to overcome restrictions of the operating system to gain more control over the device. Doing so however potentially voids the phone's warranty.

Netflix said the version 5.0 upgrade was designed to prevent piracy, and that the change is about copy protection. As a result, modified phones will not be compatible.

Netflix sent out a statement about the development:

"Many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store."

The move currently only prevents users from downloading the app so those already running a previous version will still have access to the service.

At this time it is unclear if Netflix will move forward to remove all rooted users.

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