Sony announced today that the PlayStation Store will no longer sell or rent TV shows and movies. The change goes into effect this summer.
Here is the statement from Sony via the official PlayStation Blog:
At SIE, we strive to provide the best entertainment experience for PlayStation fans, and that means evolving our offerings as customer needs change. 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.
When this change takes effect, users can still access movie and TV content they have purchased through PlayStation Store for on-demand playback on their PS4, PS5 and mobile devices. We thank our fans for their continued support, and we look forward to further enhancing the entertainment experience on PlayStation.
Sony started selling movies and TV shows on the PlayStation Store back on the PlayStation 3. To put that in perspective, Blockbuster still existed as a physical movie rental chain. So this change is a pretty long time coming.