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Sony releases 'The Interview' online -- UPDATE

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Update: Sony has announced that it will release The Interview online starting on Christmas Eve. Beginning at 10 a.m. PST, the film will be available for rent on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft’s Xbox Video, and the website seetheinterview.com. Rentals will cost $5.99, and the film can be purchased at $14.99.

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

Lynton added that Sony “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.”

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Original post: YouTube may soon make The Interview available for rent, according to CNN. The news network reports that the site has “tentatively” agreed to distribute the James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy about the assassination of Kim Jong-un. If the deal goes through, the film would be available via YouTube on Christmas Day.

Though Sony announced yesterday that the movie would indeed have a limited release in theaters on Christmas, YouTube distribution would ensure The Interview an even wider audience. The studio initially canceled its release last week after theaters began declining to show the film, following a threat from hackers. The FBI has blamed the North Korean government for the hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

CNN reported that Sony’s deal with YouTube is “not likely to be exclusive.”  Sony and Google did not immediately respond to EW‘s request for comment.

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