PlayStation Store Germany has announced in a recent legal notice that Studiocanal content won’t be available to seen soon, exputer.com reported. According to exputer.com, From August 31, 2022, users can’t view any of the production and distribution company’s related content that they have in their library and have paid for. This is most probably due to a license agreement with the parent company coming to an end.
Exputer wrote: Hence, it doesn’t matter if you have purchased the movie or television show, you won’t be able to view it from September. No Studiocanal asset will be present on the PlayStation Store Germany and everything will be removed. We see only the harm of digital purchases in this situation, as you can’t permanently keep your purchases.
Variety reported: The move comes a year after Sony’s PlayStation group stopped offering movie and TV show purchases and rentals, as of Aug. 31, 2021, citing the rise of streaming-video services. At the time, Sony assured customers that they “can still access movie and TV content they have purchased through PlayStation Store for on-demand playback on their PS4, PS5 and mobile devices.” But clearly, that didn’t mean forever.
According to Variety, PlayStation posted notices about the impending removal of the Studiocanal content for German and Austrian customers on its website:
“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 studio library,” the notices read. “We greatly appreciate your continued support.”
The list of Studiocanal-distributed titles that will be removed include 314 in Germany and 137 in Austria.
PCGamer wrote about this subject and included a paragraph that I think is especially astute:
The move is the nightmare scenario for digital libraries, and it’s surprising to see from such a high-profile established company. As GamesHub pointed out in its coverage, Sony previously stated that users would be able to access media purchased on the PlayStation Store, even as the company halted new sales of licensed movies and TV shows through the platform.
Personally, I’ve seen this sort of idea talked about on social media. It sometimes starts with a question: Do you really own your digital media? If PlayStation can take away movies and TV shows that German and Austrian consumers had paid for – other companies might consider doing that as well.