David Drummond, SVP Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Google, posted the information on Google’s blog that The Interview would be available to watch online – not only on YouTube Movies, but also Google Play and Xbox Video – on Christmas Eve, with that Google blog post being indexed by Google 11 hours ago, about 3 a.m. ET. However, The Interview went live on Christmas Eve after that point, at approximately 1 p.m. ET on Christmas Eve.
So, how strong is the online response to The Interview? It’s not as easy to tell because clicking the link at the top left hand of the above YouTube video or hovering over the YouTube logo in the bottom right-hand corner of the video in order to watch The Interviewbrings users to a page that has been stripped of its normal view counts.
Update: YouTube now displays 301 views, which means the movie’s views are being verified and will be updated soon.
The Sony YouTube channel has, however, left their thumbs-up and thumbs-down rating feature intact, even if they have disabled the comments section. As of this writing, there are 2,813 thumbs up for The Interview YouTube preview video and 139 thumbs down. Refreshing the preview link shows 3,791 thumbs up and 211 thumbs down approximately 10 minutes later, which means about 1,000 people gave the video a thumbs up in those 10 minutes. If only 10 percent of those viewing the video bothered to rate it at all, estimates mean that 10,000 people per every 10 minutes could be watching The Interview preview video on YouTube.
As far as the link provided via the Google blog post that directs users of Xbox Video to The Interview online, that link is currently inaccessible. Any statistics that reveal how many people are watching The Interview via Xbox Video will have to wait until the link is live.
Update: The Interview 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.
[Image credit: The Interview on YouTube]