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[App] Netflix HD for Widevine DRM L1 devices

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By Rhala, Member on 3rd February 2016, 09:27 AM
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Hey people,

today i wanted to share a post from chenxiaolong, who did some awesome work back at the Galaxy Tab S2 forum. The main problem, was that Netflix didn't want to play HD content on the Galay Tab S2, which was why I researched the requirements of Netflix. They need Widevine L1 implemented on the SoC to allow HD playback. While this is the necessary requirement, Netflix also needs to enable this device in their device list and tell the app it supports Widevine DRM L1. In many cases they don't do that although the device itself would be very capable of displaying HD content. Tried it out on my Galaxy Tab S2 and on the Nexus 5, which both support Widevine DRM L1 and aren't/weren't marked as WV L1 capable. To check DRM capability of your device you can use for example this app
This will not make a non WV L1 capable device run Netflix HD, it will only make the device use the most secure DRM technology!
The whole process doesn't need root, just some tools like apktool, apk-signer and such. Feel free to link the post into your device forum you achieved to get Netflix HD on.

Big Thanks goes out to @chenxiaolong
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5th May 2017, 09:29 PM |#2  
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Based on this, I made a script on Ubuntu to patch last version of netflix APK.

First, you need to install some packages

sudo apt-get install apktool zipalign default-jdk
Then, you have to build you own signature (to do only once)

keytool -genkeypair -alias androiddebugkey -keypass android -keystore "${HOME}/.netflix.keystore" -storepass android -keyalg RSA -sigalg SHA1withRSA -dname "CN=Android Debug,O=Android,C=US" -validity 9999
Then, download last netflix APK, for instance from apkmirror, and execute this script on downloaded file (for instance "netflixpatch" if your script is named "netflixpatch")


NAME=$(basename "${1}" .apk)
TMPOUT=$(mktemp -d /tmp/tmpdir.netflixpatch.XXXXXXXXXX) || { echo "Failed to create temp file"; exit 1; }

apktool d -r -f "${1}" -o "${TMPOUT}"

sed -i 's/iget-boolean v0, p0, Lcom\/netflix\/mediaclient\/service\/webclient\/model\/leafs\/DeviceConfigData;->enableWidevineL1:Z/const\/4 v0, 0x1/g' ${TMPOUT}/smali/com/netflix/mediaclient/service/webclient/model/leafs/DeviceConfigData.smali

apktool b ${TMPOUT}

jarsigner -keystore "${KEYSTORE}" -storepass android -keypass android -sigalg MD5withRSA -digestalg SHA1 -sigfile CERT -signedjar "${TMPOUT}/dist/${NAME}-patched-signed.apk" "${TMPOUT}/dist/${NAME}.apk" androiddebugkey

zipalign -f 4 "${TMPOUT}/dist/${NAME}-patched-signed.apk" "${NAME}-patched-signed-zipaligned.apk"

rm -rf $TMPOUT
You'll get a "" file, which will play HD content if your device has Widevine DRM L1 libraries, even if not whitelisted by Netflix.
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