PlayStation Store: Movies and TV series will be removed from PS4 and PS5 online service

PlayStation Store: Movies and TV series will be removed from PS4 and PS5 online service

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Sony has decided to remove the possibility of buying or renting movies and TV series on PS4 and PS5 through the PlayStation Store, as part of a reorganization of the online service which, apparently, will focus exclusively on video games at least in the next period.

According to what the company reports, the choice reflects the widespread habits of the players, analyzed in recent years. Since PS4 and PS5 users seem to use mostly apps and services specific to movies and TV series, both on demand and in streaming, Sony has decided to remove the section dedicated to these products from the PlayStation Store.

The removal of the possibility of purchasing and / or renting films and TV series from the PlayStation Store will take place starting from 31 August 2020, all previously purchased products will still continue to be available in the users' libraries, usable on PS4, PS5 and mobile devices.

Below is the official release from Vanessa Lee, Head of Video Business, Sony Interactive Entertainment:

At SIE, we try to provide the best possible entertainment experience for PlayStation fans, and this means evolving our offer as our users' needs change. We have seen tremendous growth in the number of PlayStation fans using subscription-based streaming entertainment services on our consoles. Based on this change in user behavior, we have decided to no longer offer movie and TV purchases and rentals via the PlayStation Store starting August 31, 2021.

Once this change takes effect, users will still be able to access the movie and TV content they have purchased through PlayStation Store for playback, on demand, on PS4, PS5 and mobile devices. We thank our fans for their continued support and look forward to further enhancing the entertainment experience on PlayStation.

As for the other PlayStation Store news, we remember Ratchet & Clank for PS4 free with the Play at Home initiative and the free PS Plus games of March 2021 available from today.

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PlayStation Store won’t let you buy or rent movies and TV shows after August 31st

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If you prefer buying all your movies and TV shows on the PlayStation Store, you won’t be able to do that for much longer. In a blog post today, Sony announced that it is discontinuing those purchases on its digital store starting August 31st.

As for why, Sony cites the “tremendous growth” of entertainment consumed through subscription-based services and ad-based entertainment streaming services on the company’s PlayStation hardware.

Fortunately, Sony confirms that anyone who has purchased movie or TV content through the PS Store or plans to do so before August will still have access to that content after the changes go into effect, with on-demand playback available on PS4, PS5, and mobile devices.

This is not the first time Sony has removed less popular media from the PS Store. Last October, Sony said the revamped PS Store that arrived prior to the launch of the PS5 would no longer allow users to purchase older games and DLC released initially on the PS3 or the PSP and Vita handhelds, unless you were browsing the store from those devices.

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