On Monday, the Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported that Sony was looking for a way to release “The Interview” digitally, as video on demand. In Tuesday’s New York Times, Brooks Barnes and Michael Cieply put Apple in the picture:
Speedy time table indeed! This story is moving too quickly — who knows where it’s going to land? But it’s got the makings of a great movie script. It’s got Hollywood. It’s got hackers. It’s got a terror plot. It’s got a loony dictator. It’s got the White House.
And now it has Apple.
We’re down to the wire here, folks. It’s Christmas Eve. Good or bad, America wants to see this movie. The President wants us to see this movie. If Tim Cook is going step up, join the art houses, and put this reckless lowbrow comedy on Apple TV, now’s the time.
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UPDATE 10 a.m.: Writing for CNNMoney, Brian Stelter lists Apple as one of several possible outlets for rental or streaming, including Google, Netflix and Hulu.
UPDATE: 12:11 p.m.: Writing for The Verge, Ross Miller reports:
UPDATE: 12:50 p.m.: Peter Kafka on Re/Code: “Sony confirmed it will rent the movie via its own site, www.seetheinterview.com, via Google’s YouTube, Google’s Google Play store and on Microsoft’s Xbox Video store.”
UPDATE: 1:00 p,m.: No “The Interview” on iTunes. Looks like Apple passed.
UPDATE: 1:30 p.m.: Five tries to watch $15 copy on YouTube. Zero success.
UPDATE: 2:13 p.m.: It’s playing without problem on Apple TV’s version of YouTube. We’ve come full circle!