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Sony to stream 'The Interview' ahead of limited Christmas Day release

The move follows Sony's announcement that it agreed to a limited theatrical release of the film on its scheduled release date of Dec. 25.

By Veronica Linares and Scott T. Smith
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Sony to stream 'The Interview' ahead of limited Christmas Day release
Moviegoers line up at the 75-year-old Plaza Theatre to purchase tickets to a screening of the technically unreleased movie, "The Interview," with Christmas Day showtimes scheduled for 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. shortly after word got out that theatre owner Michael Furling would open his doors for the controversial movie on December 23, 2014, in Atlanta. "The one thing I hate more than anything else is to be told no. Nobody wants to be intimidated, we're just gld to be playing it," said Furlinger. UPI/David Tulis | License Photo

SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- YouTube, Xbox and Google Play are streaming The Interview as a rental online in a growing effort by Sony Pictures Entertainment to distribute the controversial movie that only days ago had been yanked from release in any form.

YouTube had the movie available to rent for $5.99 or to buy for $14.99 as of early Wednesday afternoon. Sony also said it would show the movie on a system it owns.

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Sony confirmed the video channel's intention to possibly have the movie available for rent Thursday and added that it's also in talks with other outlets willing to release the film.

The move follows Sony's announcement that it agreed to a limited release of the film on its scheduled release date of Dec. 25.

The production company had canceled the release of the movie -- a satire that depicts a plot to kill North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un -- after hackers dubbed The Guardian of Peace threatened violence against treaters that aired the film, prompting multiple cinemas to cancel its screenings of the comedy.

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U.S. officials determined last week that North Korea was behind the hack, but the country denied involvement and proposed a joined investigation on the hack of Sony's database.

About 300 theaters across the country will be showing the movie on Christmas Day.

You can find the full movie for rent on YouTube in the embed below.

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