PlayStation Store removes purchased movies from libraries after service shutdown


Sony will remove access to hundreds of movies and TV shows on the PlayStation Store service next month, meaning users who previously paid for titles such as paddington and The hunger Games won’t be able to watch them again. The shutdown affects users in Germany and Austria, according to legal notices on the two regional sites, and includes films produced by StudioCanal.

The shutdown will take effect on August 31, exactly one year after Sony stopped purchasing movies and TV shows through its digital storefront. Sony said at the time that its customers can still access previously purchased content. Posts on the PlayStation website blame “evolving licensing agreements with content providers” (via machine translation) for the change, saying that purchased content will be removed from customers’ video libraries.

According to Variety, the change affects 314 titles in Germany and 137 in Austria. Affected titles include: chicken runJohn WickLa La LandLogan LuckySawShaun the sheep movieand Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy† It is unclear whether refunds will be offered to affected customers.

While we’ve become accustomed to the idea that TV shows and movies can disappear from streaming services over time, leaving them inaccessible to subscribers, it’s much rarer to see this happen with services that let you buy titles to own digitally. . That’s not to say it’s unheard of; when Flixster Video shuts down Pocket-Lint reported that some titles were not compatible with the Google Play migration process which was intended to continue to allow UK customers access to these titles. In fact, Apple’s use of the word “buy” for digital titles to which it reserves the right to revoke access has been challenged by law in the past.

The closing serves as a crucial reminder that even when you “buy” a title digitally, your ownership is often still dependent on a retailer’s survival and having the proper licensing agreements in place. If you want to guarantee ownership forever, physical purchases are still the best choice, although not always.

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