Sony is removing digital films and series from its users’ libraries: Anyone who has purchased films from Studiocanal in the Playstation Store will lose them from August 31st. This comes from a support entry from Sony. The purchased content can no longer be viewed after the cut-off date.
“Starting August 31, 2022, due to our evolving licensing agreements with content providers, you will no longer be able to view your previously purchased Studiocanal content and it will be removed from your video library,” Sony writes in the support post. According to a report by the industry magazine Variety, the markets in Germany and Austria are affected. When asked by heise online, Sony did not want to give any details about the background.
Affected content includes films such as “Apocalypse Now”, “The Pianist”, “John Wick” and “La La Land”. Sony provides the complete list of removed content, which includes over 300 films and series seasons in Germany, on its website. Almost 140 titles will be removed in Austria. It is not known whether Sony is offering refunds for the affected films and series. On Sony’s website there is no indication of the possibility of getting back the money spent.
Sony stopped selling films and series in its Playstation Store last year. The Japanese company justified the step with the popularity of streaming services: applications such as Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video can also be used on the Playstation.
At that time, however, Sony had promised that films that had already been purchased should remain available in the Playstation Store. Movies and series purchased through the Playstation Store can usually be viewed on the Sony consoles as well as the mobile app.
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