Back when Redbox Instant first hit Android, many users were a bit upset that Redbox and Verizon decided to shun rooted users by blocking the app's video playback on rooted devices. Updates came and went, but nothing was done to correct this [rather ridiculous] error. Until now.

The app was just updated to v1.2, which "changes the way [it] handles rooted devices." Considering the changelog wasn't very clear about what that means, we decided to jump in and check it out for ourselves. In a nutshell, the app now allows video playback on rooted devices, and just gives a warning during the signup process:

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Be carreeefffuuuullll!

So, if you're a Redbox Instant subscriber with a rooted device (or have been waiting to get a subscription until the service actually supports rooted devices), then today's your lucky day. May all your movie-streaming dream become a reality.

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.

  • dalingrin

    I hope people will change their 1 star reviews due to root blocking. I'm still not a fan of the app but they deserve some recognition for changing their ways.

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

      Doubt many will revisit. I just gave it 3 stars because it still kind of sucks.

    • Matthew Fry

      I do too. I truly hate Isis for the same reason. I can't have the apps I want and the battery life I want without rooting. It has nothing to do with trying to compromise security.

  • Mike Harris

    I guess I uninstalled it out of frustration for the broken functionality based on my phone being rooted, so I just re-installed it. Whenever I tried to go into a movie's page, though, I kept getting an error. I wasn't even getting to that point where I could start playing any video. Anyway, it kept telling me there was an error and to go to their Help Center and search for Error #5128. There doesn't appear to be a Help Center in the app, so I went to their website and lo and behold, their Help Center cannot find anything with that number. More frustration. I tried to see what version I was on in the app (which I couldn't find) and where it's supposed to show my info, it just had a message next to everything that said "not available." So I logged out and then logged back in. Now it works just fine.

    Oddly enough, I did not get that message about my device being rooted.

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

      Ha, I was getting this one instead on one of the clips. Same shit too - error code not listed. Pissed me off proper.