Google is like a lenient parent. They give us (Android users) with a pretty good amount of freedom, but they have to step in when it’s necessary.
Android users with rooted devices won’t have the ability to rent and stream movies from the Android market, receiving a “Failed to fetch license for MOVIETITLE (error 49)” message when attempting to play a movie.
The block apparently isn’t entirely Google’s decision, but it’s to enforce copyright laws encouraged by the various studios Netflix partners with.
Only Motorola Xoom (with Android 3.1) owners have access to the movie rental service currently, but it’s expected to soon roll out in several weeks for users with Android 2.2 Froyo and higher.
If your device is already rooted (and you don’t care to unroot it just for Android Market movie rentals) the movie/television show-streaming application Netflix for Android can be “tricked” in to working on any device (as discussed in a previous GizmoDigit post)
- Google Unveils Android Market Movie Rental Service
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- Google Blocking Tethering Apps On Android Market For AT&T, Verizon And T-Mobile Customers
- AT&T To Allow Sideloading Apps On All Future Android Devices, No Words On Other Devices