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THE INTERVIEW (2014): Sony, YouTube, Google Play, & Xbox Streaming Film

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The Interview Streaming on YouTube, Google Play, XBox, and other Platforms Today. Sony Pictures Entertainment is not only releasing The Interview in-theaters but is now streaming the film online (10 a.m. Pacific Time), and is also selling it digitally. The Interview (2014) is now available on “YouTube Movies, Google Play, Microsoft’s Xbox Video, and Sony’s own dedicated website…[and] can be rented for $5.99 and purchased in HD for $14.99.”

Chairman and Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton had this to say about Sony’s streaming move:

“It has always been Sony’s intention to have a national platform on which to release this film,” Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, said. “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.

“We never stopped pursuing as wide a release as possible for The Interview. 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.”

“I want to thank Google and Microsoft for helping make this a reality,” Lynton stated. “This release represents our commitment to our filmmakers and free speech. While we couldn’t have predicted the road this movie traveled to get to this moment, I’m proud our fight was not for nothing and that cyber criminals were not able to silence us.”

On its official blog, Google added, “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).”

We previously published these The Interview articles:

THE INTERVIEW (2014) Movie Trailer: James Franco’s Assassination Film
THE INTERVIEW (2014) Red Band Movie Trailer: CIA Recruits Rogen & Franco
THE INTERVIEW (2014) Movie Trailer 3: Reporter Tries To Kill Kim Jong-un
THE INTERVIEW: Sony Officially Cancels Theatrical, Home, & VOD Release
THE INTERVIEW (2014): Sony Releasing Film Christmas Day in Theaters & VOD [Updated with Theater List]

The Interview stars James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang, Aubrey K. Miller, Mercy Malick, Justin Lee, Tommy Chang, Charles Rahi Chun, Dominique Lalonde, Timothy Simons, and Anesha Bailey.

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Source: Slashfilm, Thehollywoodreporter

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