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Sony Loosens Video Unlimited DRM Restrictions, Adds Cloud Library and Allows Re-downloads Across Multiple Devices

July 16, 2013 Written by Kayvon Ghoreshi

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While Sony may not be imposing new DRM restrictions on games, they have had some restrictions when it comes to their Video Unlimited service – users were unable to re-download content they purchased from the service.

However, Sony has finally lifted those restrictions and added support for a persistent cloud library and re-downloads across multiple devices.

According to the updated Video Unlimited website:

Movie rentals are available for viewing up to 30 days after purchase and can be viewed multiple times within 24 hours on the same device. If you purchase a copy, the video or TV show download will be available infinitely and can be transferred to other enabled devices.

And as far as what constitutes an enabled device, a footnote on the website says the following:

Currently, you can purchase a permanent copy of films and television episodes on PlayStation®3 devices, PSP®, PS Vita devices and Windows-based PCs through Media Go

It is very similar to Sony’s cross buy program, but, instead of games, you can now purchase a movie or TV show off your PS3 and then download it onto your Vita for viewing on the go without any additional cost. The change also appears to be retroactive so anything you a bought a few years ago should be available for download on other devices.

How else do you think Sony can improve its Video Unlimited service? Let us know in the comments.

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