PlayStation Knowledge Center
There are some specific guidelines when renting videos on the PlayStation Network Video Download Service.
Guidelines for renting videos
- You can only view the videos for the following amount of time:
- You have up to 30 days to download the video after completing the purchase. This time limit is also the maximum time available to view the video.
- You have up to 24 hours to view the content after the first time it is played (assuming there are 24 hours or more before the 30 days expire).
- Rental videos can only be played initially on a single PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system or a single PSP® portable entertainment system, depending on type of video you rent. It cannot be played on both products simultaneously.
- Rentals can be downloaded to a single PS3 or a single PSP system, depending on type of video you rent.
- Videos in high definition may only be viewed on a PS3.
- Content cannot be re-downloaded once it has been downloaded to either a PS3 or PSP system without renting the video for an additional term (if you rent the video again at a later date, you can re-download the video at that point).
- Once you have started watching a rental video, it cannot be transferred to watch on another device.
- Any user on a PS3 or PSP system may begin playback of a rental video once it has been downloaded to that system (unless some other restriction, such as parental controls, prevents you from playing back the content).
- There may be issues accessing the Canadian Video Download Service outside of Canada.
NOTE: 24 hours after the start of playback, a title covered by a rental license will no longer be viewable even if the content remains on the PS3 hard disk drive, Memory Stick™ media, or PSP®go system storage. This is true even if the 30 day download deadline has not expired.
Conversely, if you start the first viewing of a 2 hour video with only 1 hour left on the 30 day period, you will not be able to complete the video, even though you have not had the full 24 hours. Once the 30 day period is over, the video can no longer be viewed regardless of the time remaining on the 24 hour clock.
The permitted time to watch the video is the shorter of the 24 hours after the first playback or 30 days after purchase.
Also be aware, if you are simultaneously watching and downloading a video, the 24 hour clock will start the instant the video is first played. Since the download time will depend on the size of the video and your connection speed, a download may take several hours to complete. If you later decide to stop viewing the video to allow the download to finish, the 24 hour expiration will not stop because the video has not finished downloading which may cause the rental to expire before you can finish watching the entire video.
Click here for information on how to transfer rental movies from the PlayStation Network.