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Google blocks rooted users from renting movies from Android Market

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 May 2011 14:15 User comments (8)

Google blocks rooted users from renting movies from Android Market Google has confirmed today that Android users with rooted devices will not be able to rent movies via the Android Market.
The search giant introduced the feature this month at the I/O Conference.

Says the Android support page entry:

I see "Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49) when I try to download a movie.

You'll receive this "Error 49" message if you attempt to play a movie on a rooted device. Rooted devices are currently unsupported due to requirements related to copyright protection.


For now, the issue is not widespread as the rentals are only available to Android 3.1 Honeycomb users (less than 1 percent of all devices) but it will become a bigger issue when the rentals make their way to Android 2.2 devices in the coming summer months.

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8 user comments

122.5.2011 14:35

Then I guess this won't be a service that I"ll be using then. No sweat off my back. If that's how it's going to be then Google should expect very lukewarm returns once this service spreads to more devices. I for one will not give into carrier and manufacturer demands just to throw monwy away on a movie that I can just as easily pay a little more for and own forever, then copy it to my device. There won't be many instances where I'll be watching movies on my phone anyway. For the times that I do, I'll have my own library of owned movies on there to choose from so this whole thing really matters little to me. Haha

222.5.2011 15:37

Lol... Google do know that just encourages more pirate movie downloads??




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322.5.2011 21:22

you think im gonna PAY to stream movies to a 3 inch screen when i have atleast a laptop infront of me.. and a 42" tv that i can stream movies too. "hell no" im not gonna pay.


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423.5.2011 0:46

One word. Torrentz.

523.5.2011 9:25

Originally posted by ChiefBrdy:
One word. Torrentz.


One word..........."agreed"

623.5.2011 11:46

You guys need to understand this wasn't google's intention but they know they have an open platform but they also knew that in order to get this service running on android they had to agree with netflix and put some preventive measure for piracy. Sure I'm sure some people will find ways around this eventually but any other business would want the same thing. At least see the effort for trying.

723.5.2011 14:40

Rooted devices with homebrew could possibly take advantage of their streaming service to keep movies. You'd still have to pay the rental fee, which would be more money than downloading a film elsewhere. Unfortunately, then Google would have to face more Hollywood wrath.

824.5.2011 4:53

Google isn't this dumb...they know this encourages piracy just like their cloud music service...but the Music and Movie industries are run by people who don't even want to think about new ways of making money.

The music & movie industries are still making a lot of money, but they are falling fast because of these people. Something tells me that all of these companies will be called, "Too big to fail" when they go bankrupt.

The idiots that are driving the movie industry down are just like those driving down the music industry...people who pay huge amounts of money to make a music video because it is advertising, then refuse to show or post said video because they think it will hurt sales, and then refuse to sell the music videos on DVD because they claim no one wants them anyway...multiple layers of bad logic on top of eachother...yet they still make money; so they blame piracy for not making enough money when they do things that SHOULD drive them out of business.

I used to buy DVDs, but now they are outdated and BluRay is the standard. I would buy BluRays, but the licensing makes this impossible...you can only rent or lease a BluRay, and if I only get to rent it, I might as well just use NetFlix.

I used to buy a ton of CDs...I filled up an entire wall of a small bedroom with disks, stacked floor to ceiling. These days I hardly ever buy music...if it is not direct from the artist or sold by a reasonably competent record company, I won't buy.

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