PlayStation is removing a major film studio's movies from owners' libraries next month

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PlayStation is removing Studio Canal movies from customer's libraries.

Earlier today on July 7, FlatPanelsHD reported PlayStation's German and Austrian websites were updated with new notices. The news revealed to customers that on August 31, all their purchased StudioCanal movies would be completely removed from their libraries.

"As of August 31, 2022, due to our evolving licensing agreements with content providers, you will no longer be able to view your previously purchased StudioCanal content and it will be removed from your video library," the notice from PlayStation in Germany and Austria reads.

This means, if you purchased moves like John Wick, Apocalypse Now, Django, Saw, and The Hunger Games, you'll lose access to your purchases at the end of August. You've got just over one month to make the most of your previous purchases before they're gone forever.

You might recall that back in March 2021, Sony revealed it would be removing the option to purchase and rent movies via the PlayStation Store come August that year. At the time, Sony reassured customers that they would still have access to any movies they'd previously purchased.

Today's news marks the first time Sony has walked back that pledge to let users continue accessing the movies that they paid for. StudioCanal publishes a wide swathe of movies around the world - it is, in fact, owner of the third-largest film library in the world - and FlatPanelsHD actually has an excellent list of affected movies that'll be vanishing out of customer's libraries, including the likes of Paddington, Sicario, and many more.

Head over to our upcoming PS5 games guide for a full list of all the confirmed titles coming to the new-gen console in the near future. 

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.