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'The Interview' Will Be Available For Streaming TODAY

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Sony has made a last-minute deal to make "The Interview" available for streaming today. The buddy comedy that's too hot for Pyongyang will see a limited release in about 300 movie theaters, but demand is still high for the film that was originally supposed to be shown in 3,000 theaters (and that was before White House weighed in).

According to a release from Sony, beginning at 10 a.m. today (PST), the film will be available to rent in HD on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and www.seetheinterview.com for $5.99. You will also be able to purchase the film in HD for $14.99. Variety is also reporting that Sony is in talks with Netflix to stream the movie, though it would likely be available after the movie's limited theatrical release. (No word from Apple or Amazon.)

Here's the flackage from Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton:

“It has always been Sony’s intention to have a national platform on which to release this film,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment. “With that in mind, we reached out to Google, Microsoft and other partners last Wednesday, December 17th, 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. 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.

“No doubt the issues we have confronted these last few weeks will not end with this release, but we are gratified to have stood together and confident in our future. I want to thank everyone at Sony Pictures for their dedication and perseverance through what has been an extraordinary and difficult time.”

Treating a major release this way is pretty unprecedented.
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CNN notes that YouTube's rental system has mostly been used for documentaries and niche dramas, but not for a broad comedy like this.

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