LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Wednesday the “The Interview” will be available to stream online.
Starting at 10 a.m., the controversial film, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, will be available to rent in high definition on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and this website for $5.99 or purchase for $14.99, the company said in a statement just after 9 a.m.
“It’s has always been Sony’s intention to have a national platform on which to release the film,” CEO and Chairman Michael Lynton said. “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 please we can now join with our partners to offer the film nation-wide today.”
Google officials also released a statement on their blog.
“Last Wednesday Sony began contacting a number of companies, including Google, to ask if we’d be able to make their movie, ‘The Interview’, available online,” said David Drummond, SVP Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer. “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).”