Vanessa Lee, the Head of Video Business for the PlayStation Store, announced that it will remove movie and TV rentals and purchases. According to her, this is because more people use streaming services like Netflix and Hulu – as opposed to personally owning movies and shows.
“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.”
If you already purchased a movie or TV show, you can still view them on-demand after the service shuts down. In addition, these videos remain available to buy before August 31. No video streaming alternative has been announced for PlayStation exclusively.
Lee concludes, “We thank our fans for their continued support, and we look forward to further enhancing the entertainment experience on PlayStation.”
What do you think about the decision to remove rentals and purchases from the PlayStation store? Did you use the feature, or were you one of the people streaming instead of watching through the service by SIE? Let us know in the comments.