Last week I wrote about how I didn’t particularly like the new Android Market and how to get the old Android Market back. One of the reasons I gave was Google’s choice to disable playback of movies on rooted devices, which makes one of the three content types inapplicable to my phones.
Google, we assume, enacted their root and tamper checks at the direction of the movie studios, who seem to be “afraid” of streaming their content to customers. Ironically, studios don’t seem to care if a laptop or desktop OS has “root” permissions (which all of them do, by the way), only if smartphones do.
Irony aside, XDA’s motodroidfreak has come up with a solution that, to be frank, is the way the app should have been written begin with. His solution doesn’t circumvent DRM, doesn’t generate a “generic” or “spoofed” key, doesn’t allow you to rent movies for free, doesn’t let you watch them longer than the rental period allows, and doesn’t let you distribute those movies to another device.
Google’s app still generates a proper license key generate, and still has the time and device limits in place, this app simply circumvents Google’s root and “tamper” checks by manipulating a system file or two. In short, the app simply lets you watch legitimately purchased movies on your device, without bypassing any of DRM or time-limiting measures.
You do need root permissions to run this app, but if you didn’t have root you wouldn’t need it.