Amid the announcement of an impending deletion of Discovery content from PlayStation users’ catalog of content, Sony made a 360-degree turn, suggesting that the platform will retain the TV shows for the users. At least, for a little while longer.
Earlier this month, Sony sent word that the PlayStation will start removing Discovery content. Explaining the reason for the move, the company stated that “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”.
In an era where digital has become the preferred format over physical, users buy content produced by Discovery for convenience and entertainment. For example, the channel is known for the likes of MythBusters, Tanked, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, etc.
But the confirmation comes from Sony’s updated website, which stated the cancellation of the plan to remove Discovery content by December 31, 2023:
“Due to updated licensing arrangements, the Discovery content removal planned for December 31, 2023 is no longer occurring. We appreciate your ongoing support and feedback”.
The “updated licensing agreement,” as it appears, pertains to a renewed deal between Sony and Discovery-owner Warner Bros., according to GamesIndustry.biz. More specifically, the agreement entails an extension on the validity of the TV programs on the PlayStation platform “for at least the next 30 months”.
“Similar to other services, we do not own the licensing rights to TV/movie content that was previously available for purchase on [the] PlayStation Store,” said Sony.
“However, we’ve worked with Warner Bros to update our licensing agreements, ensuring that consumers will be able to access their previously purchased content for at least the next 30 months,” it added.