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YouTube agrees to stream ‘The Interview'

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Posted at 8:40 AM, Dec 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-24 22:02:42-05

Take that, Kim Jong Un.

YouTube and Xbox released “The Interview” as an online rental Wednesday. The controversial movie can now be seen for $5.99 to rent and $14.99 to buy.

The unprecedented distribution of a blockbuster film followed an outpouring of support, which made it an icon of freedom of expression.

"It has always been Sony's intention to have a national platform on which to release this film," said Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, in a statement.

Sony Pictures pulled the "The Interview" after North Korean hackers threatened theaters that would show it. The Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy is about assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. President Barack Obama publicly criticized the cancelation.

Sony has since authorized a limited release. About 300 movie theaters – mostly smaller chains or independent cinemas – signed on to show the movie on Christmas.

The Associated Press reports that more on-demand distribution partners will be named. A Netflix release may be in the cards, according to Variety.

Sony was targeted by hackers who leaked sensitive data about the company. Rogen and Franco have canceled all media appearances due to the threats.

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Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk.