Google Movies blocked for rooted Android users: how does it feel?

By Alan Ng - May 23, 2011

As most of you Android users are well aware, rooting your device is a very common thing and often brings you a lot of customization options and other goodies. However, Google has introduced a restriction on their new movie rentals service which is going to be very frustrating for a lot of you.

For those of you who are unaware, Google recently launched their Google Movies app for Android devices, and it allows users to rent the latest releases to watch on your smartphone or tablet device.

However, for those of you with a rooted device, Google has decided to block this service for you, and doing so will bring up the following message on your Android device: ” Failed to fetch licence for [movie]” etc, as reported over at Phandroid.

Obviously this is rather frustrating for those of you who want to watch movies on your Android device. Don’t forget that this isn’t Google’s fault directly, rather it’s the company saving themselves from a big lawsuit from Sony Pictures and Co. who would obviously be angry if Android users manage to access movies for free.

Having said that, don’t be surprised if you see a loophole appear courtesy of some clever developers. It hasn’t happened yet, but we’ll keep you updated on developments if there’s anything new. If you received the error message from Google, let us know your thoughts on this.

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