Over on the PlayStation Blog, Sony has announced it will be discontinuing movie and TV rentals and purchases on the PlayStation Store from 31st August 2021. You will still be able to access the content you've purchased beyond that date on a PlayStation 5 console, PS4, and smartphones, but the media in question will no longer be a part of the hardware manufacturer's digital offerings come September.
Sony states this is because the market has heavily shifted towards subscription-based streaming services. "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." It is, of course, referring to the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+. To take a look at All PS5 Apps that stream TV shows and movies, head on through the link.
Vanessa Lee, head of video business at Sony Interactive Entertainment, signs off by saying: "We thank our fans for their continued support, and we look forward to further enhancing the entertainment experience on PlayStation." Is there potential for Sony to set up its own TV and movie-based streaming service what with PlayStation Productions ramping up its output for the coming years? Tell us what you think in the comments below.