Users have been waiting for Netflix to arrive on Android devices since it has appeared on Apple’s iOS devices. Well they may have to wait quite a bit longer for a native app. What has been holding them back is the lack of security on Android devices more importantly DRM. Greg Peters from Netflix Product Development said:
“The hurdle has been the lack of a generic and complete platform security and content protection mechanism available for Android.”
It seems that there has been a problem with securing a common DRM system across all Android devices which includes tablets and mobile phones. They can take it by a device by device basis through manufacturers but that still will not allow Netflix across all Android devices. Without DRM Netflix is unable to get content licenses from publishers to release content on Netflix. Greg Peters explains below:
Setting aside the debate around the value of content protection and DRM, they are requirements we must fulfill in order to obtain content from major studios for our subscribers to enjoy. Although we don’t have a common platform security mechanism and DRM, we are able to work with individual handset manufacturers to add content protection to their devices.
So the conclusion as of right now is not all Android devices will have access to Netflix while some may as early as the beginning of next year. Others, we aren’t sure yet.