Sony announces: The PlayStation Store will stop selling and renting films and TV content. Apparently there are now too many alternatives.
In a nutshell, Sony left a post on the PlayStation Blog. Apparently, it is not believed that this news will cause a big wave. Most customers have probably ignored it: Until now, you could buy or rent films and series in the PlayStation Store. Apparently, Gamer wasn’t really interested in that.
Especially since there are also apps for a number of other portals on the console: Amazon Prime Video, Disney +, Netflix and Co. are finally also available on the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5. So there is no need to have the option to purchase films and series via the PlayStation Store – which then cannot be used across platforms. In case of doubt, it is even better to buy / rent a film via Amazon, iTunes or Google Play Films & Series.
According to Sony Interactive Entertainment, it evolves with the needs of the players. You can see that PlayStation fans have turned to subscription and advertising-based streaming offers. Therefore, the sale and rental of films and TV offers via the PlayStation Store will be discontinued from August 31, 2021. In plain language: Hardly anyone still uses this option and it is not economically viable for Sony.
This happens with content that has already been purchased
If you are one of those people who have already purchased a movie or series from the PlayStation Store: Everything is good, because even after this change comes into effect, you can still access your content for on-demand playback on PS4, PS5 and mobile devices. Only the purchase of new content will no longer be possible.