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The Interview available on Xbox Video but not PlayStation Store, coming to PSN 'shortly' (update)

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The Interview, the controversial Sony Pictures comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is now available to rent or buy on multiple video-on-demand services. The list of services will "shortly" include Sony's own Video Unlimited, a PlayStation representative confirmed to Polygon today.

Sony Pictures announced earlier today that it was releasing The Interview on digital services today, one day ahead of the movie's debut in nearly 300 independent theaters across the country. The film is now available on YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft's Xbox Video, but not Video Unlimited, which offers movies and television shows through the PlayStation Store on PlayStation Network. One week ago, Sony canceled The Interview's wide theatrical release after major theater chains bowed out of showing the film due to a threat from the North Korea-backed Sony Pictures hackers.

"The Interview will be available on PSN for customers in the US at a date to be determined shortly," said the Sony spokesperson. "Given the [last-minute] release of the title, we will focus on launching our current lineup and providing consumers with all the titles and entertainment they expect over the holiday."

You can watch a preview of the YouTube version of The Interview below. The film costs $5.99 to rent, and $14.99 to own.

Update: A source with knowledge of the discussions told Polygon today that Sony isn't planning to release The Interview on Crackle, the free, ad-supported streaming video service that is a subsidiary of Sony Pictures. Crackle offers movies and television shows, as well as original programming such as Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

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