Earlier this month Sony warned users that it plans to delete Discovery reality shows like Mythbusters and Naked and Afraid from their digital libraries despite being purchased. Now Sony has announced that they reached a deal with Warner Bros. Discovery to keep these shows on PlayStation systems for customers who bought it.
Sony said the move was due to “our content licensing arrangements with content providers,” but didn’t offer more explanation. Now it seems after bad press a deal has been reached to keep these shows for customers who paid for them.
This news was first spotted by Games Industry.biz and has been confirmed by Cord Cutters News.
The move highlights the fact that digital purchases, unlike physical ones, aren’t as permanent as you think. The rights for Discovery programming likely has gone through a lot of reshuffling in the wake of Discovery’s merger with Warner Media, which last year created Warner Bros. Discovery.
There’s a full discussion on Reddit about the issue, with users attempting to find ways to salvage their digital libraries.
Playstation users first began to buy movies and shows through the PlayStation Network in 2008 on their PlayStation 3 console. Now though Sony has been backing off on its system as a video store.
Other shows affected include Cake Boss, American Chopper, Deadliest Catch, and Shark Week.
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