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The situation around Sony’s The Interview and the studio’s newfound decision to release it seems to be changing by the hour. And as we get closer and closer to the movie’s initial Christmas Day release date, we are finding out about more and more ways that you might be able to watch the controversial comedy… starting as early as TODAY!
According to a statement picked up by THR, Sony will make Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s The Interview available to stream on various online platforms including YouTube Movies, Google Play, Microsoft's Xbox Video, as well as Sony's own Web site, www.seetheinterview.com. The movie, which will go online at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST, and can be rented for $5.99, or purchased in HD for $14.99.
Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, said in a statement:
It has always been Sony’s intention to have a national platform on which to release this film. 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.
The expansion will include a number of theaters who worked out deals to host The Interview on Christmas Day, even as major theatrical chains passed on the film like a political hot potato.
At last count, there are roughly 300 theaters who are going to carry The Interview on Christmas Day. It will be interesting to see how crowds respond to the film, and what type of VOD numbers Sony is able to report as The Interview screens. At the very least, we know that Seth Rogen is pleased.
The Interview is coming. Will you watch? And how?