If you have ever wondered why Netflix is not showing on Google Play with the latest release of the app? Yes, Netflix has confirmed that it will no longer be available for download (officially) to the rooted or unlocked Android devices with the latest version of the app (version 5.0) as the app now completely relies on Google‘s Widevine. That means, Netflix 5.0 can be only downloaded on phones certified by Google.
Here’s the official statement from Netflix regarding the update:
“With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store.”
Google Widevine is a security management used to control piracy that categories devices (desktop and mobile) into different security levels based on the process running in the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). So, when you root your Android phone, or if it is unlocked, it will treat them as incompatible devices.
It’s a counter measure to fight piracy, and that’s why Netflix will not be visible on Google Play on modified devices. Having said that, Netflix 5.0 (latets version) should not work on the modified devices, but if you sideload the APK from other sources, it works fine without any issues. It isn’t clear how long the app will work, but you can Netflix, at least for now.