Hey PlayStation fans, here’s a bit of good news for those of you who’ve snagged Discovery shows from the PlayStation Store – you can finally breathe that sigh of relief! Sony just dropped the bomb that they’ve nixed their earlier plan to kick Discovery shows off the platform by December 31. What’s the savior in this situation? Well, it turns out there are some shiny new licensing agreements in town.
Now, let’s rewind a bit. A short while ago, Sony made some waves by announcing they were yanking Discovery shows from PlayStation. Not just that – they were even wiping out any of these shows you’ve already bought from your library, all because of some licensing drama with their providers. MythBusters, Deadliest Catch, and Cake Boss were all on the chopping block, and around 1,200 titles were set to get the boot. To make matters worse, no refunds were on the table for the affected peeps.
Why did Sony pull this stunt? Well, it happened right after Warner Bros Discovery spilled the tea in an earnings report, revealing that their star streaming service Max lost a whopping 2.5 million subscribers in six months.
Now, Sony’s announcements were about as brief as a blink, leaving us all in the dark about the real nitty-gritty of their licensing beef with the network. As The New York Times pointed out when Sony first warned us about axing purchased Discovery shows, it really makes you think about what ownership even means in this age of digital goods. We used to think buying digital meant you had that sweet access forever, no matter what. But guess what? Turns out that’s not always the case, and we’re all just crossing our fingers that networks and providers don’t flip the script on their licensing deals anytime soon.