When Sony Pictures announced yesterday that the theatrical release of The Interview is back on, studio chairman/CEO Michael Lynton stated, "we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience." Today, Sony Pictures has confirmed that the studio has reached deals with Google Play, YouTube Movies, and XBox Video to stream the film starting at 10 AM PST today, December 24. Take a look at the studio's official press release below, then read on for more details.
Said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment:
"It has always been Sony's intention to have a national platform on which to release this film. 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."
Fans can watch The Interview on several platforms including:
- 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 SeeTheInterview.com, which is sponsored by Sony Pictures and powered by Kernel and with payments through Stripe, a secure payment platform.
In addition to Google Play, YouTube, Microsoft and SeeTheInterview.com, The Interview is also being released in more than 300 United States theaters on December 25th.
Yesterday, we reported on theaters that were confirmed to be showing The Interview on Christmas Day, but now we have the full list of theaters, including others that will screen the comedy on January 1 and January 2. CLICK HERE to check out the full list of theaters that will be playing The Interview.