By Jack Rico
The controversial comedy The Interview will be available from Google’s Play Store and YouTube site, as well as Microsoft’s Xbox Video online store. In addition, Sony will offer the movie from a special website it has set up: seetheinterview.com.
About 200 theaters, most of which are independently owned, plan to show the film beginning today Thursday, December 24.
The film will be available online began at 10 a.m. PST Wednesday. It will cost $5.99 to rent and $14.99 to buy, typically a standard price for movies when they are available online several months after debuting in theaters.
Also, New York City’s Cinema Village announced today that it will open the most discussed movie of the year, THE INTERVIEW, directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, on Thursday, December 25th as Manhattan’s exclusive venue. The independently run theater and cinematic first-responder, located at 22 East 12th Street (between 5th Avenue and University), joins 200 theaters across the nation to show the film after the major chains continued to refuse to show it. The film will be shown daily at 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:05 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. Tickets are available now through www.cinemavillage.com.
Sony’s own Crackle video-on-demand site offers movies free with advertisements and wasn’t able to sell or rent a movie for a fee, thus forcing the studio to set up a dedicated website to offer “The Interview” directly – seetheinterview.com.
Sony hasn’t made deals to offer “The Interview” on the two largest Internet video-on-demand platforms, Apple Inc.’s iTunes Store or Amazon’s Instant Video, or with any major cable providers. Some video-on-demand providers have been wary of renting the movie and potentially becoming vulnerable to a hacking or generating unwanted controversy.
It wasn’t immediately clear why the film won’t be offered on Sony’s Playstation Store.
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