Sony has announced that they will discontinue rental on-demand purchases for movies and TV shows on its digital PlayStation store starting from August 31st. Users will no longer be able to rent or purchase movies or TV shows from the PlayStation Store when using a PS5, PS4 or PS4 Pro.
“We’ve seen tremendous growth from PlayStation fans using subscription-based and ad-based entertainment streaming services on our consoles. With this shift in customer behavior, we have decided to no longer offer movie and TV purchases and rentals through PlayStation Store as of August 31, 2021. When this change takes effect, users can still access movie and TV content they have purchased through PlayStation Store for on-demand playback on their PS4, PS5 and mobile devices,” Says Vanessa Lee, Head of Video Business as Sony Interactive Entertainment.
This announcement came in the form of a post on the PlayStation Blog. Sony pointed towards the “tremendous growth from PlayStation fans using subscription-based and ad-based entertainment services on our consoles” as the reason behind its decision.
Sony has also confirmed 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.
Sony has removed less popular media from the PS Store earlier. These kind of decisions aren’t new to people who are using sony products since a long time. 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.