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Rooted Devices Blocked From Android Movie Market 321

tekgoblin writes "Google has released the Android Movie Market to Android tablets with Honeycomb 3.1 and in a few weeks for users with Froyo and Gingerbread. However Google has stipulated that the Android Movie Market will only be available to Android devices which are not rooted. So if you have a rooted Android device, don't expect to download anything from the Android Movie Market any time soon (or at least until a workaround is found)."
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Rooted Devices Blocked From Android Movie Market

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  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Sunday May 22, 2011 @10:07PM (#36213318)
    For $3.99, it had better run on my 50" 1080p plasma TV.
  • Little overlap (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Bifurcati ( 699683 ) on Sunday May 22, 2011 @10:09PM (#36213332) Homepage
    I would expect that the people who know how to root their phone are also unlikely to pay $3.99 to rent a movie - I can't imagine there's a lot of overlap or heartache here amongst the users.

    On the other hand, these are also the most tech savvy users who might actually be swayed by a convenient and cheap (and legal) movie downloading system. Certainly I used to buy music from a certain Russian site because the cost was worth the convenience of high quality music on demand.

  • by tripleevenfall ( 1990004 ) on Sunday May 22, 2011 @10:21PM (#36213382)

    "Hello." -Carl Sagan

  • by aussersterne ( 212916 ) on Monday May 23, 2011 @02:22AM (#36214548) Homepage

    not an intention. A door is not "open" when it is shut simply because you intend for it to be open. Shut is shut.

    Android's source is open.
    Android as a platform is nowhere near it.

    Techies care a great deal about the former.
    Everybody else only cares about the latter.

    But techies have done a good job of convincing everyone else that open source code for Android OS == open platform in the marketplace, in practice.

    And the debates rage here on Slashdot as if there was some question about whether Android, in reality, in the marketplace, as a series of devices and carriers, is open. It isn't. It simply isn't.

    But of course you can have the source.

    Here you go, Grandma!
    What's this?
    It's the source code to Android! Can you feel the freedom pulsing through your veins?
    Um, can I just watch a movie?
    No, sorry, can't do that. Just read the source. SOOOO OPEN!

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