Discovery shows you’ve bought on PlayStation actually won’t be taken away

Image of a PlayStation DualSense controller in front of an original PlayStation 5.

Discovery shows were set to be pulled from PlayStation libraries on December 31st, but that’s not happening now, thanks to “updated licensing arrangements,” as reported by GamesIndustry.biz.

The original plan was one of two recent reminders from PlayStation that digital ownership sucks — especially because there were a lot of shows that were set to be removed from video libraries. You can see the full list on Sony’s website, which now contains the note about the changed policy. “Due to updated licensing arrangements, the Discovery content removal planned for December 31, 2023 is no longer occurring,” Sony says. “We appreciate your ongoing support and feedback.”

However, while this is good news for people who have invested in Discovery content on PlayStation, the whole situation is a reminder that, in many cases, buying things digitally essentially means that you’re paying for a long-term rental. If you don’t want to be subject to the whims of further “licensing arrangements” just so you can watch your favorite MythBusters episodes down the line, you might want to go back to buying physical copies.

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