Buzz Kill: Netflix Requires DRM Chip For Android Tablets?

  • July 20, 2011 9:40 am

If Netflix support on Android tablets is something that even remotely interests you, wait! Wait to buy a new tablet and for the love of everything holy don’t get early 2011 hardware. Why? It won’t run Netflix. While details are still a bit sketchy, it is looking like Netflix is requiring an actual DRM hardware chip to bring support to tablets.

For now, Lenovo has a short exclusive with Netflix starting with the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet. But once the barriers come down expect to see a slew of Netflix-capable tablets hit the market.

Besides no love for legacy tablet owners, the issue of fragmentation is once again thrust into the mainstream. Netflix has only officially licensed certain mobile processors so far — Qualcomm Snapdragon and Texas Instruments OMAP 4 — likely revolving around the same DRM chip mentioned above. However, the much more popular Nvidia Tegra 2 processor hasn’t yet made the cut possibly meaning no Netflix supoprt.

It goes without saying that anyone who bout a tablet up until this point was just dealt a serious blow. Hopefully Netflix changes the requirements a bit and allows some form of software nanny (read: DRM) to be used in place of hardware. If not, customer uproar will make the recent price hike backlash seem like a Friday night frat party.

Android hacker community: Your new challenge is to make Netflix work on any Android tablet. Go!

Source: Engadget
Via: GottaBeMobile


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