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Sony PlayStation to remove access to some movies, even if you’ve purchased them

Buying a movie on a digital platform, apparently doesn't mean you own it.
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From August, Sony’s PlayStation users in Germany and Austria will no longer have access to the StudioCanal titles they purchased.

Citing the rise of streaming services, on August 31, 2021, Sony’s PlayStation stopped selling and renting movies and TV shows. At the time, Sony told customers that they could still “access movie and TV content they have purchased through PlayStation Store for on-demand playback on their mobile devices, PS4, and PS5.” It appears the company did not mean the access would be forever.

Related: Amazon sued for misleading you into believing you own a copy of the digital movies you purchase

“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 StudioCanal content and it will be removed from your video library,” a notice posted on the gaming platform’s website reads. “We greatly appreciate your continued support.”

Sony did not say if users will be refunded for the purchases once the titles are removed, Variety reported.

In Germany, 314 titles will be removed, and 137 in Austria.

The StudioCanal titles that will be removed include both Paddington movies, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Non Stop, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The removal also affects a few Lionsgate films including the Saw film series, the John Wick series, and The Hunger Games series.

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