This move comes after a year Sony’s PlayStation Group has stopped offering purchases and rentals of movies and TV shows, effective August 31, 2021, marking the rise of video streaming services. At the time, Sony assured customers that “they can still access movie and TV content they’ve purchased through the PlayStation Store for on-demand playback on their PS4, PS5, and mobile devices.” But that obviously doesn’t mean forever.
PlayStation has posted notifications of the impending removal of Studiocanal content for German and Austrian customers on its website.
“Effective August 31, 2022, due to evolving licensing agreements with content providers, you will no longer be able to view previously purchased Studio Canal content and it will be removed from your video library,” the notices said. “We greatly appreciate your continued support.” It was previously reported that the PlayStation Store movie store has been removed by the German website 4K movie.
A Sony Interactive Entertainment representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Studiocanal representatives for the Germany and Austria region also did not respond.
The list of titles distributed on Studiocanal’s website that will be removed includes 314 in Germany and 137 in Austria.
These include Studiocanal-funded films such as “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, “Paddington”, “Non Stop” and “Shaun the Sheep Movie”. In addition, titles that will no longer be available to PlayStation Store customers in Germany and Austria include several Lionsgate films, including the “Hunger Games” series, “John Wick” starring Keanu Reeves, and the “Saw” series.