Sony has recently announced that it will remove some TV shows and movies from the PlayStation Store in certain regions due to licensing agreements. This means that users who have purchased or rented these titles will no longer be able to access them after August 31, 2021.
This decision has sparked outrage and criticism from PlayStation fans who feel betrayed and cheated by Sony. In this article, we will explain why Sony is deleting some TV shows from users’ libraries, what titles are affected, and what this means for the future of digital content on PlayStation.
Why is Sony Deleting Some TV Shows From Users’ Libraries?
Sony has stated that the reason for deleting some TV shows and movies from users’ libraries is due to “evolving license agreements with content providers.” This implies that Sony has failed to renew or negotiate the rights to distribute these titles on the PlayStation Store and, therefore, has to remove them from its platform.
Sony has not specified which content providers are involved, but it seems that StudioCanal is one of them, as most of the affected titles are from this company. Sony’s decision to delete some TV shows and movies from users’ libraries is not unprecedented, as it has done so before with other titles, such as P.T. and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game.
However, this time, the scope and impact of the deletion are much larger, as it affects hundreds of titles across multiple genres and regions. Moreover, Sony’s announcement comes after it had already discontinued the sale and rental of TV shows and movies on the PlayStation Store in March 2021, citing the growth of streaming services as the reason. This means that users who have purchased or rented these titles before the discontinuation will not be able to watch them again after the deletion.
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What Titles Are Affected by Sony’s Deletion?
According to the official post on the German PlayStation website, the deletion will affect users in Germany and Austria. It will include TV shows and movies from StudioCanal, such as American Gods, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and John Wick. The complete list of affected titles is very long and can be found on the website.
However, the deletion may also affect users in other regions, as Sony has not confirmed or denied this possibility. Therefore, users are advised to check their PlayStation libraries and download any titles they want to keep before August 31, 2021.
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What Does This Mean for the Future of Digital Content on PlayStation?
Sony’s deletion of some TV shows and movies from users’ libraries raises serious questions and concerns about the future of digital content on PlayStation. Many users are wondering if Sony will delete more titles in the future and if they can trust Sony to preserve their digital purchases. Some users are also questioning the legality and ethics of Sony’s decision, as they feel that they have paid for the content and should have the right to access it indefinitely.
Some users are even considering taking legal action against Sony or switching to other platforms that respect their digital rights. Sony’s deletion of some TV shows and movies from users’ libraries also highlights the challenges and risks of digital distribution and ownership. Unlike physical media, digital content is subject to the terms and conditions of the platform and the content provider, which can change at any time.
This means that users do not have full control or ownership of their digital content and can lose access to it without warning or compensation. This also means that users are dependent on the platform and the content provider to maintain and update their digital content and ensure its compatibility and availability across devices and generations.
Therefore, users who value their digital content and want to preserve it for the future should be aware of these challenges and risks and take measures to protect their digital rights. Some of these measures include:
- Reading and understanding the terms and conditions of the platform and the content provider before purchasing or renting digital content.
- Downloading and backing up digital content to external devices or cloud services, if possible.
- Supporting platforms and content providers that respect and protect users’ digital rights and that offer fair and transparent policies and practices.
- Advocating and campaigning for users’ digital rights and holding platforms and content providers accountable for their actions and decisions.