Well, here’s a bit of trouble. Everyone who really wants to get something done on their Android machine knows that rooting is the way to go. This is mostly because it opens up the innards of the system to our optimizing touch. No more bloatware or crapware on it – just the pure streamlined operation of an operating system that’s like a tuned engine. Of course, rooting isn’t exactly legal – it’s in one of those legal gray areas that make our lives easy. So, of course, there are some consequences.
One of those consequences just recently got announced. Google, the guys behind Android and the Android Market, have decided that rooted devices aren’t supported by the Android Markets new movie rental service. The reason that they give for this ban is that it is related to copyright protection. There’s even a special error message for such attempts — “Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)”.
That’s pretty bad news for anyone who’s interested in watching movies on his Android device. Quite a few people are probably going to be affected by this, Android being a popular target for optimizing hacks.
Admittedly, Google has a point – rooted devices can most likely do things with that rental stream that normal devices can’t; piracy being the studio’s first big worry and if Google doesn’t throw them a bone, then the studios won’t give them access to the movies. Unfortunately, this may bite them in the ass later. With all of the hacking going around in the platform, expect a work around for this restriction in a few weeks.