Sony has decided to make The Interview available to watch online beginning Wednesday.
The comedy will be available at 1 p.m. ET on platforms including YouTube (desktop-streaming only at this time), Google Play, Microsoft's Xbox Video and Sony's dedicated website (seetheinterview.com). It can be rented for $5.99 or purchased for $14.99.
In addition, Sony is in talks with Netflix to stream the film to subscribers within the next few days, according to Variety.
"It has always been Sony's intention to have a national platform on which to release this film," Sony CEO Michael Lynton said in a statement. "With that in mind, we reached out to Google, Microsoft and other partners last Wednesday, Dec. 17, when it became clear our initial release plans were not possible. We are pleased we can now join with our partners to offer the film nation-wide today."
On Tuesday, a week after canceling its release plans for The Interview — about the assassination of Kim Jong-un — amid terrorist threats and a cyber attack on the studio, Sony announced that the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy will get a limited theatrical release on Christmas Day and will be available on video on demand starting Wednesday. (Here is a list of theaters showing The Interview.)
"We never stopped pursuing as wide a release as possible for The Interview," Lynton said. "It was essential for our studio to release this movie, especially given the assault upon our business and our employees by those who wanted to stop free speech. We chose the path of digital distribution first so as to reach as many people as possible on opening day, and we continue to seek other partners and platforms to further expand the release."
"Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sideline and allow a handful of people to determine the limits of free speech in another country (however silly the content might be)," reads a statement on Google's blog.
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