So apparently when you "BUY" a TV Show or Movie off of the PlayStation Store...you have the right to download it and watch it whenever and wherever you want. That is unless your hard drive gets corrupted or you choose to upgrade your HDD...or maybe even your PlayStation screws up and you have to purchase another. If that's the case then you must pay for and "BUY" everything all over again.
When your purchase any videogame content on the PS Store it goes into your download queue so you can re-download it anytime you want. I have never been a big fan of Digital Distribution, but lately I figured I'd start purchasing more digitally both to save some shelf space at my house and because I'm super lazy and the process of swapping discs every time I want to play/watch something else is a much more difficult process than it should be.
But once my HDD started getting full and I had to delete games to make room for other things I decided to upgrade my Hard drive. Sony has made that process simple enough with the PS3 so once I finished the upgrade I decided to start the downloading process of getting all of "my" (and I use that term loosely) stuff back. I then sign into the PlayStation Store, go to the "My Downloads" list and one buy one click on each thing I've purchases to install on my new hard drive only to realize the none of the TV Shows or Movies I have purchased are in my Download queue.
I then start searching for the shows I had purchased, go to episode I should "OWN" only to find the "Rent/Buy" options again. Now if O rent something... I know the routine. A certain amount of time to watch whatever it is you had chosen before its deleted...But when I buy something, Now call me crazy but I expect it to be...well...MINE. I should be able to watch it where I want, when I want, and re-download out when I want. Now I'm not asking to be able to take whichever movies and TV Shows I want and let all my friends download them to their systems as well...NO, I just want to be able to take what I **** bought and download it back to the same system I purchased the God Damn thing on.
I'm in no way doing this to hate on Sony or anything like that...but this is one of the dumbest things I've ever came across. I can buy anything from Amazon, Vudu, iTunes etc and re-download it at anytime without paying one cent more than I already paid. I usually get enjoyment of reading news articles about some stupid people who decide to sue a random company for something only to have it thrown out the window because it was without merit. But I have no idea how there hasn't been some class action lawsuit over this already. I have spent my fair share of money on TV Shows and movies from the PlayStation store but I know there's people who have spent thousands...and if their HDD gets corrupted then what? They're just SoL?
I just had to get this little rant out because I'm still annoyed at the moment. If you've had good experiences with DD then that's awesome...but if you've had similar experiences to mine than you know where I'm coming from. Feel free to shared your experiences, good or bad, in the comments if you'd like. Thanks for reading my rant and Sony has already lost my trust in buying from them digitally...I've already given them enough money and now I feel as if they've said "Thank You, Now go **** yourself".