The Interview movie is now officially available to watch online on Christmas Eve, one day earlier than expected. According to Google’s blog, users can watch The Interview at YouTube Movies and on Google Play.
When users click their YouTube.com/movies link, The Interview is the first movie that shows up under their “new releases” section, priced from $5.99. The Interview is rated R with closed-captioning available.
As reported earlier by the Inquisitr, Sony announced that The Interview would be available online on YouTube. However, many users expected the movie to go live on Christmas Day, not Christmas Eve. When a user clicks The Interview YouTube option, they are treated to a one-minute, 22-second long preview before being prompted to “watch this movie on YouTube” from $5.99.
The YouTube description of The Interview reads as follows.
“In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show ‘Skylark Tonight.’ When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the most unlikely candidates, to ‘take out’ Kim Jong-un.”
As for The Interview on Google Play, the price is listed at $5.99 to rent and $14.99 to buy the HD version of the movie. David Drummond, SVP Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Google, explained via Google’s official blog their decision for streaming The Interview movie online.
“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. 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).”
Xbox Video customers can view The Interview online via the link provided.
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