UPDATE: 1:15 PM: Add Netflix to the list of places that will stream The Interview. The company said in revealing its stellar Q4 earnings today that the Sony Pictures comedy will be available in the U.S. and Canada beginning this Saturday, 30 days after it was in theaters.
The move was widely expected, even though Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos mostly sidestepped questions about the movie during his TCA session January 7. “I’m not going to talk about The Interview right now,” was the closest thing to an answer reporters got from him.
Later off the stage, Sarandos said he was still hoping to bring the controversial pic to his streaming service. “People want to see the movie and we want to be able to deliver the movie,” he said.
PREVIOUS, 9:34 AM: The latest tally is in for Sony’s The Interview. The controversial comedy that was the target of an unprecedented hack attack against the studio has racked up more than $40 million in cable, satellite, telecom and online VOD sales from December 24, 2014 through Sunday, January 18, the studio said today. Theatrically, the film has grossed $6 million to date since its limited Christmas Day release.
“We always said that we would get the movie to the greatest audience possible,” said Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment. “Achieving over $40 million in digital sales is a significant milestone.”
The Interview is currently available through Google Play; YouTube Movies; Microsoft’s Xbox Video; iTunes; VUDU, Walmart’s digital VOD service; PlayStation Network; and, Amazon Instant Video. Additionally, it was previously available at http://www.seetheinterview.com through Kernel and Stripe. The film also is available with the cable, satellite, and telecom providers’ VOD services through iN DEMAND affiliates including Bright House Networks, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable; VUBIQUITY affiliates including Charter Communications, Cablevision, and, AT&T U-verse TV; Verizon FiOS; DISH; and, DIRECTV.