PlayStation Store removes Studiocanal movies that users have purchased


Starting next month, Sony’s PlayStation Store will remove access to hundreds of Studiocanal movie titles previously purchased by customers in Germany and Austria.

The move comes a year after Sony’s PlayStation group stopped offering purchases and rentals of movies and TV shows on August 31, 2021, citing the rise of streaming video services. At the time, Sony assured customers that they “can still access movie and TV content purchased through the PlayStation Store for on-demand playback on their PS4, PS5 and mobile devices.” But that obviously didn’t mean forever.

PlayStation has posted on its website about the impending removal of Studiocanal content for German and Austrian customers.

“As of August 31, 2022, due to our evolving license agreements with content providers, you will no longer be able to view your previously purchased Studio Canal content and it will be removed from your video library,” the announcements read. “We really appreciate your continued support.” The removal of the films from the PlayStation Store was previously reported by the German website 4KFilme.

A representative of Sony Interactive Entertainment did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Studiocanal representatives for the Germany-Austria region also did not respond.

The list of titles distributed by Studiocanal that will be removed includes 314 in Germany and 137 in Austria.

Those include Studiocanal-funded films such as “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” the two “Paddington” movies, “Non Stop” and “Shaun the Sheep Movie.” In addition, the titles no longer available to PlayStation Store customers in Germany and Austria are multiple Lionsgate movies, including the ‘Hunger Games’ series, ‘John Wick’ starring Keanu Reeves and the ‘Saw’ series.