In the last week, various international publications have dedicated significant news space to the hacking of Sony’s upcoming movie ‘The Interview’, the company’s decision to hold the movie’s scheduled release, only to be reversed after the President of the United States, Barack Obama, criticised the call. Sony is set to release the movie more as a statement against the threats from hackers. And forces are joining it in the cause.
In its official blog post, Google informed that last week Sony contacted various companies, including Google, to ask if the tech major would be able to make ‘The Interview’ available online.
“We’d had a similar thought and were eager to help—though given everything that’s happened, the security implications were very much at the front of our minds. Of course it was tempting to hope that something else would happen to ensure this movie saw the light of day. But after discussing all the issues, 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 (however silly the content might be),” posted David Drummond, SVP Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Google.
In addition to Google Play, YouTube Movies, the comedy will also be available for streaming rental on Microsoft’s Xbox Video and SeeTheInterview.com. The movie is only available in the US, or more specifically, restricted to US IP address and a US credit card. However, Sony says it hopes to release the movie worldwide soon though it has not given a time frame for it yet.