Rooted Devices Unsupported On Android Market Movie Rentals
Rooting your Android smartphone is both fun and useful as it opens up new doors for you in order to customize, tweak and basically take full control of your handset — even though some against rooting might argue. But, as usual with all good things, there’s also a downside!
At the beginning of May, Google started offering movie rentals through the Android Market, with prices in the $2 – $4 range. According to a Google Android Market Support post, “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”.
This won’t bother you of course if you don’t care about movie rentals; you can keep your root access! If, on the other hand, you love watching rented movies on the go, you have two options: unroot, back to stock or wait and hope Google will give up on this policy — which we have a hunch they never will. There’s also a third option which is rather likely: the community at work who might figure out a way around this.