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PlayStation customers no longer have access to content they have purchased 🤬

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Some PlayStation users have recently been faced with an unpleasant surprise: the programs they purchased via the PlayStation Store will no longer be accessible.

End of Discovery TV content on PlayStation 🛑

Sony informed many users of this situation by e-mail:

As of 31 December 2023, due to our content licensing arrangements with content providers, you will no longer be able to watch any of your previously purchased Discovery content and the content will be removed from your video library.

We sincerely thank you for your continued support.

Thank you,

PlayStation Store

Sony has announced the complete removal of the Discovery catalog from its platforms. This includes over 1,300 programs from the DiscoveryTV channel, covering documentary content on news, science and technology. At no point did Sony provide any real explanation. Even worse, there has been no mention of a refund. This represents a real blow for users who have purchased each of their favorite programs individually.

Does dematerialized content really belong to us?🤔

This news has certainly reopened the debate on the ownership of dematerialized versus physical content. Indeed, dematerialized content offers practical benefits such as almost immediate access, without having to leave the couch. But even in the case of purchases, as opposed to subscriptions such as Netflix, users have no guarantee that the product really belongs to them.

When you buy a CD or DVD, it belongs to you. Unless you sell it or lose it, you’ll always own it. When it comes to digital content, on the other hand, you don’t own the content you buy, but rather an open-ended license to view it. So all it takes is for one platform to go out of business, or for there to be a breach of agreement between two platforms, as in the case of Sony, and you’re left with nothing. With a future oriented towards all-digital content, will we still really own the content we buy?

What about you? Do you buy music, films or TV series? Do you prefer physical or digital products? Tell us in the comments.

Source : Sony, 01Net

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