Have you ever rented a movie on YouTube? Of course not—but if you feel like watching the controversial (and by all indications, very mediocre) assassination comedy The Interview, you might have to give Google your credit card. (UPDATED)
As of 10:00 a.m. PST, the film will be available to rent in HD on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and the dedicated website www.seetheinterview.com at a price of $5.99. The film can also be purchased in HD for $14.99.
CNN reports that in addition to a very limited release through a few hundred American movie theaters, Sony will make The Interview available as a YouTube rental—an option most Americans are not even aware of. This follows enough backpedaling back-backpedaling on Sony's part to provide electricity for most of Pyongyang—will they release it? When? Where? To how many people?
CNN's Brian Stelter notes that the YouTube move is "tentative" and that his "sources cautioned that the deal could still fall apart." No word yet on pricing, but if you feel like not laughing with your parents this Christmas, you can huddle together around the family laptop and stick it to North Korea, or whoever did it, I dunno.