Sony has just announced that PlayStation Store will no longer sell or rent TV content and movies as of August 31, 2021.
Sony Interactive Entertainment posted a blog today on their website, announcing that they will not be selling or renting TV content or movies on PlayStation Store anymore. While this will be effective as of August 31, people will still be able to enjoy the content they bought earlier with their PS4, PS5, and mobile devices.
This feature of the PlayStation Store was not much of a use, anyway. With the tremendous growth streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video have seen in the last few years, it does really seem pointless for PlayStation to try to compete with those big guys. Furthermore, not many people actually bought or rented movies from PlayStation Store, which is pretty much the reason why Sony decided to do something like this.
Here is the official Sony statement:
In the official blog post, Sony expressed their will to provide the best experience for PlayStation users, which means evolving their offerings along with the changing customer needs.
“We’ve seen tremendous growth from PlayStation fans using subscription-based and ad-based entertainment streaming services on our consoles”, Sony said. “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.” After that explanation, they went on to relieve people who bought movies and TV content earlier. Sony explained users will still be able to access the content they purchased and thanked their fans for their continued support. SIE once again said they “look forward to further enhancing the entertainment experience on PlayStation.”
As everyone knew and Sony acknowledged, people use streaming services to enjoy movies and TV content nowadays. Attempt to try selling people those via PlayStation Store was going to end, sooner or later.