08
Jan
redboxinstant

We have some good news, and some bad news. First, the good news: Redbox Instant was just updated with support for the Nexus 10! Now you can stream movies to your heart's content on that big, beautiful display. Fantastic.

And the bad news: it still won't work if you're rooted. So, if you were rejoicing that you can finally use it on your N10, you can probably stop now if it's rooted. Sadface.jpg.

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OOPS!

Past that, this update "squashes some bugs." So, maybe if your device isn't rooted, it'll suck less now? Can't really say for sure since, you know, I can't actually give it a try.

So, Redbox and Verizon – what are you doing to do about this? (If I were a betting man, I'd say nothing.)

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Thomas

    Still waiting on my code via email. :(

  • ltredbeard

    why not use an app like OTA Rootkeeper to temp unroot and try it out?

  • cheapskate88

    This is one if the easiest things to get around. Just disable root for however long you want to use the app. You can do this from the superuser app (whatever app you use to get root) itself. Hell, there are even apps in the market dedicated to this very issue.

    • Jonathan Warden

      You shouldn't have to 'get around' it though. If I have to disable my root to use an app, well, fuck that app. They're overstepping the boundaries, and it's not right.

  • Mike Adams

    OTA RootKeeper disables root while you check out the app.. It's not bad.. Even if you get in, though, you have to have an account, which is currently closed beta.

    • Mike Harris

      Thanks for sharing. In the last redbox story, people posted about an app called "Hide my root" and while that did work, it never worked flawlessly when I went to get root back. This app is a simple one-click to hide and one-click to get back.

      As far as redbox instant, I couldn't get anything to play before, but I guess with the update, it now works. Too bad the content selection sucks. Also, they tease you with rentals that cost extra money, which of course, is anything you'd want to watch, but the subscription selection is horrible.

  • Micah Hilton

    NetFlix has the same movies as RedBox Instant. So you are not missing much.

  • Paul

    How sad. A program should not care if you're rooted or not. Its overstepping its authority, venturing outside the scope of what it should do.

  • Jonathon
  • MyNameIsLOS

    This kinda seems like it has more to do with the content providers itself (points finger at the mpaa), or does no one else see the trend? They seem terrified by the freedom that modern mobile devices give us in consuming content. And quite frankly, they need to knock it off.

  • Cuvis

    Note to content providers: If I have to choose between rooting and using your app, I choose rooting every time. And no, I'm not going to go through the hassle of disabling root just to use your app. I'm just not going to give you my money.

  • mldi

    SuperSU allows you to disable root temporarily so you can use apps like this. No need for a another app to do it. Just root with SuperSU and all is well.

  • atlouiedog

    I've only run into a few devices that refuse to run on rooted devices. For some reason, a lot of them seem to be video streaming apps, like Best Buy's Cinemanow and Flixster. Does anyone know why this is? It seems like that kind of content would all be protected server side so I don't know how a rooted device could be a problem for them. Anything client side as far as stripping the DRM on downloaded movies or saving streams would be better achieved on that big useful box known as a PC. The Netflix app works fine on rooted devices and they've always seemed a bit security conscious to me. I don't get it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drewcaldwellfilms Drew Caldwell

    If you are using SuperSu, you can disable root privileges, sign into Red box, go back to Supersu and reenable root privileges, and Red box works.

    • firesoul453

      Ya but it still a HORRIBLE thing for them to do.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    It works on rooted devices as of 1.2!