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PlayStation Store will remove customers' purchased movies

05 Jul 2022 | Rasmus Larsen |

In a move that will undoubtedly draw severe criticism, movies from Studio Canal that customers have purchased on the PlayStation Store will be completely removed next month.

The legal notice is published on PlayStation's German and Austrian websites where it reads (translated):

As of August 31, 2022, due to our evolving licensing agreements with content providers, you will no longer be able to view your previously purchased Studio Canal content and it will be removed from your video library.

We greatly appreciate your continued support.

Thank you

PlayStation Store
In other words, customers will lose access to movies such as Apocalypse Now, Django, John Wick, La La Land, Saw and The Hunger Games that they purchased on the PlayStation Store. Not rented, but purchased.

PlayStation movie store closure

In March 2021, Sony confirmed that the PlayStation Store would no longer offer new movie purchases or rentals on PS4 and PS5 as of August 31, 2021. However, at that time Sony assured its customers that "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" after August 2021. The fact that Sony PlayStation is instead removing purchased movies is not only hugely problematic but also a broken promise. The company has not announced plans to refund customers.

PlayStation Video

The PlayStation Store sold movies until August 2021

Do you really own digital movies?

The development reignites the debate around digital movie purchases and naturally lead consumers to wonder what comes next? Will Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft and others similarly remove customers' purchased movies when the tech giants lose interest in their movie storefronts? So far, there are no indications that they will but Sony PlayStation's decision certainly serves as a grim example. In the US, customers have some protection through digital movie locker Movies Anywhere, but no such fallback option exists internationally.

PlayStation: Affected Studio Canal titles

100 Bloody Acres 20 Feet From Stardom 3 From Hell A Bigger Splash A Dangerous Man A Monster Calls A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon A Simple Favor A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures A War Abduction African Safari All Dogs Go to Heaven Alles Für Meinen Vater Amen American Assassin American Gods | Season 1 American Gods | Season 2 And Soon the Darkness Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein Anna (2019) Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis" Apocalypse Now Apocalypse Now Redux Arizona Dream As Good as Dead Asterix - Operation Hinkelstein Asterix in Amerika Awaydays Bachelorette Back to Burgundy Ballon Banklady Bel Ami Beziehungsweise New York (inklusive Bonusmaterial) Big Eyes Black Coal, Thin Ice Blair Witch Blendende Weihnachten Blonde Ambition Blood and Chocolate Bridget Jones's Baby Brighton Rock Bronson Brooklyn's Finest Buena Vista Social Club C'est la vie - So sind wir, so ist das Leben Can a Song Save Your Life? (inklusive Bonusmaterial) Capital in the 21st Century Chicken Run Chloe Cockneys Vs Zombies Cold Blood - Kein Ausweg, keine Gnade Cold Pursuit Command Performance Countdown Copenhagen | Season 1 Countdown Copenhagen | Season 2 Cruel Intentions Cuban Fury Cyborg Soldier Dante 01 Daredevil Das Geheimnis der Bäume Das magische Haus (inklusive Bonusmaterial) Das schweigende Klassenzimmer Das Tier Dear John Death Wish Deepwater Horizon Dem Horizont so nah DEPRECATED - Vehicle 19 Der Himmel über Berlin Der Pianist Der Solist Desaster Deux Moi Die drei Tage des Condor Die Farbe der Milch Die Nonne Die Norm - Ist dabei sein wirklich alles? Die Prinzessin von Montpensier Die Reise der Pinguine Die schwarzen Brüder Die Stadt der Blinden Die Vorahnung Die Wand Die zwei Gesichter des Januars (inklusive Bonusmaterial) Die zwei Leben des Daniel Shore Direct Contact Disconnect Django Django - Nur der Colt war sein Freund Django, der Rächer Djangos Rückkehr Double Identity Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night Early Man Eine zauberhafte Nanny - Knall auf Fall in ein neues Abenteuer Enkel für Anfänger Eraserhead Es ist zu deinem Besten Escape From New York Exit Marrakech (inklusive Bonusmaterial) Family for Rent Fantastic Movie Film Noir Fitzcarraldo Flight Fog in August From the Land of the Moon Garden State Gauguin George Harrison: Living In The Material World Gold Good Night, and Good Luck Goodbye Berlin Green Zone Half Light Half Nelson Happy People: A Year in the Taiga Heidi Holy Lands Homies Homo Faber Hotel Very Welcome I Give It a Year I Phone You I Still Believe Idioten In Fear In Safe Hands Inside Llewyn Davis (inklusive Bonusmaterial) Inspektor Jury - Der Tote im Pub Interview Jean Paul Gaultier: Freak And Chic Jigsaw John Wick Julia Julia's Eyes Jumper Junebug Kein Sex ist auch keine Lösung Kill Switch King of Thieves Kiss & Kill Kleine Morde Knight of Cups Kundun Kurzer Prozess La La Land Land of Plenty Larry Crowne Legend (2015) Locke Logan Lucky Long Shot (2019) Love & Mercy Love the Coopers Love, Cecil Love, Marilyn Ludwig / Walkenhorst - Der weg zu gold Macbeth Madame Mahler auf der Couch Mama Africa - Miriam Makeba Man Up Manhunter Mann beißt Hund Marley Mein Blind Date mit dem Leben Mein Stück vom Kuchen Mensch Dave! Mia and The White Lion Midnight Sun | Season 1 MILF - Ferien mit Happy End Mindscape Mio, mein Mio Mirror Mirror Mirrors Mommy Mon chien Stupide Mon Roi Mood Indigo (Theatrical Cut) Mortdecai Mother's Day Mount St. Elias Mr. & Mrs. Smith Mullewapp - Eine schöne Schweinerei My Way - Ein Leben für das Chanson Nach einer wahren Geschichte Nerve Nimmermeer Non-Stop (inklusive Bonusmaterial) Nosferatu - Phantom der Nacht Obsession (1997) Only the Brave Oskar und die Dame in rosa Our Kind of Traitor Paddington Paddington 2 Pain and Glory Paranoia Patriots Day Paul & die Schule des Lebens Pawn Sacrifice Pi Populaire Radioactive Ran Red Hill Redacted Restrepo Rexx, der Feuerwehrhund Roads Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt Robin Hood (2018) Robocop (inklusive Bonusmaterial) Rose Runaway Jury Saban's Power Rangers Sammys Abenteuer 2 Saw Saw 2 Saw III Saw IV (Unrated) Saw V Saw VI (Unrated) Saw VII - Vollendung Selma Serena Shaun the Sheep Movie Shine a Light Sicario Sicario: Day of the Soldado Sing Street Sink or Swim Song To Song Source Code Stargate Status Quo - Hello Quo Streets of Blood Stronger Take the Ball, Pass the Ball: The Barcelona Way The Apparition The Artist and the Model The Bank Job The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years The Child In Time The Cider House Rules The Commuter The Crazies The Crew The Crow: City of Angels The Deer Hunter The Doors: When You're Strange The Elephant Man The Factory The Fountain The Ghost Writer The Giver The Glass Castle The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Gunman The Hunger Games The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (plus Bonus Features) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Plus Bonus Features) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 The Illusionist The King Of The Hill The Kings of Summer The Last Exorcism The Last Exorcism Part II The Little Witch The Lost City of Z The Lost Prince The Mercy The Million Dollar Hotel The Next Three Days The Other F Word The Past The Piano The Place Beyond the Pines The Possession The Program The Recruit The Secret Garden The Sentinel The Silent House (La Casa Muda) The Son of Bigfoot The Spy Who Dumped Me The Swell Season The Take The Tourist The Two Deaths Of Quincas Wateryell The Wild Life The Wrestler These Final Hours This Is Spinal Tap Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy To the Wonder Unknown Vatertage - Opa über Nacht Verführt und Verlassen Vielleicht, vielleicht auch nicht We Are Your Friends Wen die Geister lieben Wo ist Albert? Wonder Wunderkinder Yardie Young and Beautiful ZeroZeroZero | Season 1 Zidane - Ein Porträt im 21. Jahrhundert
- Source: Sony Germany, Sony Austria via 4KFilme

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