While the PlayStation system was supposed to be the hub of the Sony empire when it came to all of its devices and media, things change as time goes on. The PlayStation Blog announced earlier today that they’re going to be ending purchases and rentals of TV and movies on the service later this year.
“We’ve seen tremendous growth from PlayStation fans using subscription-based and ad-based entertainment streaming services on our consoles,” explains Vanessa Lee, head of video business at Sony. “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.”
All previously purchased content will still be made available to members so nothing is going to disappear that you’ve bought once they shut down the actual store aspect on August 31st, 2021.
With so many people moving more and more to streaming and we’re seeing smaller numbers on the home video side and digital purchasing side – most people don’t rewatch much if anything when you get down to it – it’s no surprise that Sony is going this route.
Now, what they might do once they get their various IP put to film and TV more in the coming years as they’re working to do, we’ll see then what kind of plans they might go with.