Both confirming and expanding on an earlier report that The Interview would be released on YouTube, Sony Pictures has confirmed that The Interview will be released not only on YouTube, but on several other platforms as well.
In a surprising move, Sony Pictures also announced that The Interview would be released online today on Christmas Eve in advance of the theatrical Christmas Day release.
“It has always been Sony’s intention to have a national platform on which to release this film,” said Sony Entertainment chairman Michael Lynton. “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 nationwide today.”
Here’s a list from Sony Pictures of where The Interview can be watched.
Google Play: the movie is available to buy or rent at play.google.com, and can be watched in the Play Movies & TV app on Android and iOS phones or tablets, or streamed in the living room via Chromecast, Roku or the Nexus Player.
YouTube: the movie is available at youtube.com/movies and can be watched on the web, in the YouTube app, or on select living room devices like Chromecast, Apple TV, PlayStation and Xbox.
Microsoft’s Xbox Video: the movie is available to buy or rent on the Xbox Video app on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and XboxVideo.com.
SeetheInterview.com: In addition, The Interview is available at the dedicated website http://www.seetheinterview.com, which is sponsored by Sony Pictures and powered by Kernel and with payments through Stripe, a secure payment platform.
In addition, Google’s SVP Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond also released a statement on the Google blog about his company’s decision to take part in the online release of The Interview.
“Of course it was tempting to hope that something else would happen to ensure this movie saw the light of day. But after discussing all the issues, Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sidelines and allow a handful of people to determine the limits of free speech in another country (however silly the content might be),” wrote Drummond