'The Interview' Is Now Available for Rental Online

Sony has partnered with streaming services to release the controversial movie on Christmas Eve

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Merry Christmas, America: You can officially watch The Interview online.

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Wednesday that it is releasing the controversial comedy on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Xbox Video and its own dedicated website, according to Deadline Hollywood. The film will be available for rent starting at 1 p.m. EST.

Netflix is also in talks with Sony about streaming The Interview in the coming days, Variety reports.

“We never stopped pursuing as wide a release as possible for The Interview. It was essential for our studio to release this movie, especially given the assault upon our business and our employees by those who wanted to stop free speech,” Sony Entertainment chairman Michael Lynton said in a statement.

“We chose the path of digital distribution first so as to reach as many people as possible on opening day, and we continue to seek other partners and platforms to further expand the release.”

The studio and theater chains pulled the flick – which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as entertainment journalists tasks with assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un – last week, after the group responsible for the massive Sony hack threatened moviegoers with terrorism.

But after Sony backtracked, hundreds of indie theaters on Tuesday agreed to screen it on Christmas, as originally planned.

The FBI has determined that North Korea was behind the cyberattack, and President Barack Obama has promised to retaliate.

“This release represents our commitment to our filmmakers and free speech,” Lynton said. “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.”

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