Surely you're aware of the Sony hacking scandal by now (here's a quick primer if you're not), as well as the multi-billion dollar company initially bowing to threats by canceling the Christmas release of the The Interview, the film at the center of the whole debacle.
Update: The Interview Comes to Netflix Beginning January 24
A month after the movie's official release to the various channels mentioned below, Netflix will now be the exclusive home of The Interview, as stated in the company's letter to its shareholders.
After enormous backlash from Hollywood and some discouraging words from President Obama, Sony agreed to release the film in limited capacity on Christmas Day. But now, after negotiations with several online distributors, Microsoft and Google have stepped up to the plate.
"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," said David Drummond, SVP Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Google.
What this means is that starting now, you can rent ($5.99) or buy ($14.99) The Interview directly from Xbox Video, Google Play, YouTube Movies, or the See the Interview website.
Notably, the movie is still absent from Sony's own video distribution platforms, the PlayStation Store on PS3 and PS4.
If you purchase from Google Play, the movie can be viewed (and sent to your TV using Chromecast) through the Google Play Movies & TV app available for Android and iOS.
Of course, the same can be done if you rent or buy the movie from YouTube—watch online or using the Android or iOS mobile apps.
Also, Microsoft is providing the movie through their Xbox Video service playable on an Xbox console, Windows Phone, or PC or tablet running Windows 8 or 8.1 (U.S. only). You can also rent the video in your browser on Mac or PC at XboxVideo.com. So pretty much everybody can get it on the fun (or just to ease some curiosity).
Gather up the family and find out just what the hell the big deal was that got North Korea so upset in the first place (spoiler alert: it was probably the assassination of their "Great Leader").
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