Sony Pictures has decided to release The Interview on the internet, after saying that it had decided against the Christmas premier. While the Guardians of Peace had originally vowed another attack on any cinema that screened the movie, and whether it is willing to carry out the threat still remains to be seen.
President Barack Obama had expressed his disappointment in Sony Pictures for giving in to the hackers demands, although the studio had originally said that it had done so because cinemas were too afraid to screen the movie. However, it has backtracked on the decision and has officially released the movie through a dedicated website, Google Play, Youtube, and Xbox Movies. Of course, potential viewers will still have to pay for the movie.
A planned deal to get The Interview on to iTunes apparently fell through as Apple was worried about facing a retaliatory attack from the Guardians of Peace. That has apparently not stopped Google from slowly pushing the movie internationally. As of yet, it is only available in the US and Canada; although there is no telling if it will be made available in Malaysia.