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Is it possible that we may see The Interview on Christmas after all? The New York Post reports that Sony will release the controversial film via its own online streaming service, Crackle.
Yes, Crackle. While it doesn't have the name recognition of Netflix or Hulu, the streaming service has been owned by Sony since 2006. The site's library consists largely of Sony properties (it's mainly a Seinfeld delivery system).
But not so fast, says Sony spokeswoman Lauren Condoluci. Speaking to Re/code, she said, “Sony is still exploring options for distribution,” and added that the Post's story wasn't accurate.
Meanwhile, today on Meet The Press, Sony lawyer David Boies said that the film would see the light of day. "It will be distributed. How it's going to be distributed I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed," he said.
As we reported yesterday, the company has hired crisis manager Judy Smith to help plan their next course of action. Nice as it would be to give Americans a free movie as a Christmas gift, it seems unlikely that Sony would release the movie for free, given that it has already lost millions in promotional dollars. Any release would likely seek to recoup some of that money.
After all: At this point, we'd pay double to see it, just to stick it to the hackers. (The New York Post)