January 10, 2019
The Sony Pictures Store website will discontinue operations after Jan. 31, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced.
Users were informed via a series of emails in January about the pending closure, and advised that any movies and TV shows they purchased through the site could still be accessed through Walmarts’ Vudu and Movies Anywhere. Users are instructed to make sure their Vudu.com account is linked to both UltraViolet and Movies Anywhere so that their Sony Pictures content can be accessed at those services.
As part of the shutdown process, Sony Pictures is offering a free digital movie through Movies Anywhere. Users can choose from 13 Going on 30, The Grudge, Underworld, The Water Horse, Big Fish, Maid in Manhattan, Freedomland or Lockout.
Sony has been consolidating its digital operations through its PlayStation Store, and the closure of the Sony Pictures Store is likely due to eliminating redundancies. The advent of Movies Anywhere also made a proprietary Sony store for movie playback less relevant.
The Sony Rewards program, which lets consumers earn points from movie and PlayStation Store purchases that can be redeemed for merchandise and gift cards, remains active at SonyRewards.com, though the system for redeeming codes from Blu-rays is being revamped and is expected to open again in early 2019, according to a notice on the site.