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Sony starts PlayStation Plus Video Pass trial run, to offer TV, movie content for the next year

Sony has announced the trial run of a Video Pass for the PlayStation Plus subscription, wherein the company will provide TV and movie content to subscribers.

twitter-logoSarthak Dogra | April 22, 2021 | Updated 20:23 IST

Highlights

  • Sony posted an image on its Poland website depicting the new Video Pass for PS Plus subscribers.
  • The poster was quickly taken down, and Sony officially confirmed the trial run of the service soon after.
  • The Video Pass will give access to three major films and TV content produced by Sony.

Sony seems ready to bring movie and video content to PlayStation Plus. The company has initiated a trial run of the streaming service on the PS Plus accounts in Poland, offering content produced by Sony Pictures to the users.

The company's plans first came to light through a brief and seemingly accidental post on its Polish website recently. A poster of a "Video Pass" carrying the logo of PlayStation Plus was seen on the Sony website for a short window. Now removed, the poster was enough to be an affirmation that the company is working on introducing such content to its PlayStation Plus subscribers soon.

Now Sony has confirmed the trial run of the service in Poland. The trial service will be active starting April 22 and can be availed by all PS Plus users in the area till the same date next year.

"A new benefit available for a limited time on PlayStation Plus PS Plus Video Pass is a trial service active 22.04.21 22.04.22. The subscription benefit is available to PS Plus users in Poland," Sony mentioned, as reported by VGC.

The report further mentions that the brief banner of the Video Pass on the website featured three movies Venom, Bloodshot and Zombieland. All three have been produced by Sony's own movie business. In addition, the Video Pass will bring access to much television content that has been the courtesy of Sony Pictures Television.

Similarly, PS Plus Video Pass will bring Funimation's anime content. Sony is expected to add more content every three months.

Sony PlayStation currently provides access to movie and video content through several apps within the platform. These range from Netflix, Hotstar, Disney+, to even Apple TV. Another way is to purchase or rent the desired TV and movie content through the PlayStation Store.

Last month, it announced that the discontinuation of the latter, meaning no more video content would be available through the PS Store. Items already purchased will remain with the user account, it had cleared.

It seems that Sony is aiming to up its ante in the competition of PS Plus against other subscriptions on gaming consoles, like Xbox Game Pass. Exclusive content has always been a strong influencer for the viewers to decide which subscription to take. With Sony having much of it through its subsidiaries, the introduction of the Video Pass might just work wonders for its target.

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