Sony Pictures has officially made The Interview available for online streaming. Before the controversial film hits theaters tomorrow (Christmas Day), it’s currently rentable for $5.99 through YouTube Movies, Google Play, Microsoft’s Xbox Video, and SeeTheInterview.com. (There’s also an option to purchase an HD version for $14.99.) Stream it now via the YouTube player below.
The film, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, depicts a faux CIA operation to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Just a week ago, Sony canceled all planned screenings of the film in the wake of terroristic threats made by Guardians of the Peace, the same group believed to be responsible for the cyber hacking attack against Sony. US government officials concluded that North Korea was behind Guardians of the Peace, but said there was no credible evidence to suggest American movie theaters were under threat.
Many members of Hollywood, theater owners, and even the President of the United States have encouraged Sony to proceed with the screening. President Obama called the decision to cancel the screenings a “mistake,” which threatened free speech.
North Korea’s Internet went down for several hours on Monday, and again yesterday. It’s unclear if America is behind the blackout, but President Obama has promised a “proportional response” against North Korea for its involvement in the cyberattack.
In a statement, David Drummond, Google’s senior vice president of corporate development, wrote, “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. We’d had a similar thought and were eager to help — though given everything that’s happened, the security implications were very much at the front of our minds.”
He added, “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).”