Hot potato: Although Sony stopped selling movies and TV shows on the PlayStation Store over a year ago, customers were still able to watch content they had already purchased. However, this now seems to be changing.
According to notices posted on Deutsch as well as Austrian version of the PlayStation website, Sony is deleting hundreds of titles from its servers, so even those who bought movies and shows will no longer have access to them. On August 31, Austrian buyers lose 137 titles, and Germany – as many as 317, including Apocalypse Now, John Wick, RoboCop and the entire Saw series.
Sony said it must remove the content “due to [its] changing licensing agreements with content providers.” To be precise, everything that Studio Canal distributes becomes mothballed. Most likely, Sony has simply decided to stop paying license fees, as it is likely moving towards the decline of film distribution. This generalization stems from the fact that the company stopped selling content in March last year.
Streaming content providers often remove content over time for reasons ranging from licensing issues to making room for new shows. Subscribers to these services have accepted this as it is a monthly subscription to continuous VOD programs. However, in this case, users purchased the content digitally with the understanding that they could watch it at any time.
Sony does not mention if the cost of items taken from user libraries will be refunded. If this does not happen, there will probably be a strong blow. To some, deleting purchased content may seem like a lure and a switch – and in practical terms, it is – but Sony’s service agreement likely exempts it from lawsuits in cases like this. It would be unusual for the lawyers of one of the most famous players in the entertainment industry to overlook such an unforeseen circumstance. I just want to show that you should always read the fine print.
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