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Netflix Update Blocks Many Android Powered “Kodi Boxes”

Recently Netflix rolled out an update for its Android app that is blocking many rooted and even some unlocked Android devices.

The update went out in the last 24 hours, and if you are running an official version of Android you have nothing to worry about. It’s anyone who decided to root their devices that may be having issues.

If you have a rooted unofficial version of Android, you may find the Netflix app being listed as not compatible with your device. This seems to have hit the so called “Kodi Boxes” hard, because many of them—but not all—run a rooted version of Android. Now not all rooted versions of Android seem to be effected but most we have tested have been blocked.

Cord Cutters News reached out to Netflix to find out what was happening and received the following reply:

With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on multimedia enablers provided by Google services; 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.

The question now is will other services also be making this jump. If so how will the loss of access to Netflix and maybe other apps on unlocked devices effect the sale of some Android-powered so-called “Kodi Boxes.” For now we will have to wait and see.

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17 Responses to Netflix Update Blocks Many Android Powered “Kodi Boxes”

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    Blottomania May 14, 2017 at 7:25 am #

    If you know how to “side-load” apps, just get the Netflix app (apk) here:

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    Alem Osman May 14, 2017 at 8:36 am #

    My Xiomi Mi box is affected. They are actively blocking Streams on it. Called Customer Service and got told the device which run official Android Tv is not supported. Thanks Netflix

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      David Batten May 14, 2017 at 9:45 am #

      The Xiomi Mi Box that I have still plays Netfix ok. At least this morning. However, it is not rooted or altered.

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        Alem Osman May 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

        Neither is mine. I never did anything to it. It was working fine until it stopped. I searched the error online and someone with a similar problem fixed his by changing the resolution to 30fps, I did same it fixed the problem temporarily. Until last week. Nothing else works

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            Nathan John Ganiere May 14, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

            restart the box, this started happening on Fire TV also, which is not altered, simple restart fixes it for me each time, some update started this………..seems like you don’t restart the device at least once a day now, get that pop up on my Fire TV………

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            Alem Osman May 14, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

            Trust me, I have restarted, cleared cache, uninstalled and pre-installed the app and even factory resetting the device. Same error

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            Tinwarble May 16, 2017 at 3:07 am #

            Then the Custom service person that told you that is an idiot. But this is not the first time that I’ve heard that someone contacted Netflix and be told the same thing. Someone with a Shield TV was told the same thing back a few months ago when they contacted Netflix support.

            I would contact them again and if you get the same answer, ask why they provide a app specifically for Android TV on the Play Store:

            As well, if that’s not enough, you can provide them with you Netflix ESN which can be found under Settings/About.

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      Kravimir May 14, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

      Did you buy your Xiaomi Mi Box directly from Wal-mart? If not, you may have the model for Asia instead of the model for North America.

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        Alem Osman May 14, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

        Yupp. Bought it from Walmart

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    Hal Grimley May 14, 2017 at 8:37 am #

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    Melissa Victoria May 14, 2017 at 1:08 pm #

    This appears to affect Android phones that are running a Beta build as well. The Netflix app is no longer available on my Nextbit that is on a 7.1.1 beta. I can still open the app but it’s not the new 5.0 update

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    vnazario May 14, 2017 at 1:52 pm #


    While I understand the need to fight piracy, this effort by Netflix (although a start) will not deter piracy as the illegal sources of pirated content is from file-sharing server sites. So, even if you can’t run Netflix directly you can side load the .apk (as already mentioned) or you can simply watch the content from the file sharing sources from within Kodi repositories. For blocking efforts to be effective you need to go after the file-sharing sources and not an individual app. Remember MegaShare and others that have been shut down? The other problem is that you shut down one and 4 others pop up in its place. Now, in all fairness to Kodi, Kodi is just an open-source platform with a lot of legal content and repositories. Maybe they need to focus on blocking the illegal repositories. But since Kodi is an Open Source community driven collaboration project it is difficult to have Kodi developers enforce blocking piracy efforts.

    Hope this information is helpful

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    Bionic Merlin May 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

    This will just deter people from paying for Netflix.

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      David Throgmorton May 15, 2017 at 12:19 am #

      Exactly this is a stupid waste of time only shows their flawed thinking Nothing about this stops piracy. Only piracy that also pays for Netflix. Seems like shooting oneself on the face out of spite.

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    ExerciseBikeRider May 14, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

    Pays to have two boxes….

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    David Throgmorton May 15, 2017 at 12:25 am #

    Why try to block paying customers, who also do other things. Guess what they could probably easily quit paying for your service too. Silly Netflix silly.