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Sony Releasing The Interview Online Through YouTube and Google

James Franco and Seth Rogen
Sony announced on Dec. 24 that The Interview would be available to watch online via YouTube, Google, and other services  

Yet another twist in the saga that is The Interview. Last week, it looked as though James Franco and Seth Rogen's controversy-causing comedy might never see the light of day. But now you can watch it without even leaving your bed.

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On Wednesday, Dec. 24, just one day after news broke that the movie would be shown in select theaters around the country, Sony announced that it would also be available online, via Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video, and

The film — which was pulled last week amid threats of violence and further hacks — will stream beginning at 10 a.m. PT and 1 p.m. ET on Christmas Eve, the studio revealed. Fans can rent the movie for $5.99, or purchase an HD version for $14.99.

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"It has always been Sony's intention to have a national platform on which to release this film," Sony CEO Michael Lynton said in a release to ABC News. "With that in mind, we reached out to Google, Microsoft, and other partners last Wednesday, Dec. 17, when it became clear our initial plans were not possible. We are pleased we can now join with our partners to offer the film nation-wide today."

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Lynton went on to note the "assault" upon Sony's business "by those who wanted to stop free speech," adding that he hoped the "path of digital distribution" would allow the movie "to reach as many people as possible on opening day."

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"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," he said.

In addition to its digital release on Wednesday, The Interview will also be shown in more than 300 U.S. theaters on Thursday, Dec. 25.

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