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Old 03-03-21, 02:11 PM
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PlayStation Store to discontinue movie and TV purchases and rentals

I expect most people didn’t buy movies and shows on PlayStation, but they’re yanking the service. People can still watch their purchases, though. I’ve bought stuff on Xbox, but they’re MA so I can watch a lot of them elsewhere, and it sounds like PS wasn’t.

Kinda interesting that both Sony and Walmart have gotten out of the a la carte business in these days of subscription services.

https://blog.playstation.com/2021/03...s-and-rentals/
At SIE, we strive to provide the best entertainment experience for PlayStation fans, and that means evolving our offerings as customer needs change. 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. We thank our fans for their continued support, and we look forward to further enhancing the entertainment experience on PlayStation.
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Re: PlayStation Store to discontinue movie and TV purchases and rentals

I've only bought and rented a few movies and shows on the PS store over the years. I suppose the service just couldn't compete with the likes of Vudu, Amazon and such.

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Re: PlayStation Store to discontinue movie and TV purchases and rentals

Digital music sell-through has been waning, with the Microsoft Store and Google Play Music closing up shop within the last few years, leaving iTunes and Amazon as the only major players there.

I imagine digital video sell-through will go through some similar consolidation in the coming years. I mean, FandangoNow and VUDU definitely have to consolidate operations at some point, right? That leaves Google Play, Amazon, and iTunes as the other major players. Niche players like the Microsoft Store will probably exit, I think.
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Re: PlayStation Store to discontinue movie and TV purchases and rentals

I used the Playstation store for a few rentals when I had my PS3 but as streaming platforms became more common there were better outlets for rentals and purchases.
Old 03-05-21, 10:57 AM
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Re: PlayStation Store to discontinue movie and TV purchases and rentals

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Digital music sell-through has been waning, with the Microsoft Store and Google Play Music closing up shop within the last few years, leaving iTunes and Amazon as the only major players there.

I imagine digital video sell-through will go through some similar consolidation in the coming years. I mean, FandangoNow and VUDU definitely have to consolidate operations at some point, right? That leaves Google Play, Amazon, and iTunes as the other major players. Niche players like the Microsoft Store will probably exit, I think.
I haven’t kept up with Google since they rebranded everything as YouTube. I know I bought some music over there and went through some shenanigans to keep it, but I’m sure it’s all on Spotify anyway.

There are so many differences between digital music (more mature industry, easier copying, more replayability) and video (rentability, more active participation), but a lot of the corporate owners are the same.

I’m sure Microsoft is talking about the PlayStation news among themselves. Years ago, I thought they might add a Netflix-like “free” movie service to Xbox Gold, but obviously they decided to stay a la carte.

I nearly always watch on consoles but mostly buy on Vudu unless I have points or there are deals, and preferably on MA titles.
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I think it was just last year (or maybe the year before) that Microsoft joined MA as well.
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Re: PlayStation Store to discontinue movie and TV purchases and rentals

PlayStation owners were notified that from Dec. 31 onward, access to previously purchased Discovery Channel content would be revoked, and the content would be removed from all video libraries.
https://www.cbr.com/warner-discovery...l-playstation/
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Re: PlayStation Store to discontinue movie and TV purchases and rentals

PlayStation will no longer be removing over 1,300 Discovery TV shows from its platform next month. Sony had previously announced that users will not be able to watch Discovery content on PlayStation from December 31, even if they had already purchased it.

However, the firm now says that due to an 'updated licensing agreement' with Warner Bros -- which owns the Discovery brand -- consumers will now be able to access their previously purchased shows 'for at least the next 30 months'.

"Similar to other services, we do not own the licensing rights to TV/movie content that was previously available for purchase on PlayStation Store," PlayStation stated in the update. "However, we’ve worked with Warner Bros to update our licensing agreements, ensuring that consumers will be able to access their previously purchased content for at least the next 30 months."
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/playst...hows-after-all

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