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Google announced on its official blog the arrival of the controversial comedy film The Interview to YouTube Movies and Google Play. Since 1PM EST / 10 AM Pacific today, both services have made the movie available as rental to the masses. Since Sony’s reversal to bring the film to as many movie theaters as possible, the company was also in talks with other online services such as Apple, Google and Microsoft.

According to the New York Post, Apple said no, but Google and Microsoft welcomed the film, marking the first time a big-budget Hollywood film is offered online the same day as in movie theaters. Microsoft is also offering the movie also as a rental via its Xbox Videos service now, and soon the film will be available via its own web site: [].

Via its blog, Google said: “Of course it was tempting to hope that something else would happen to ensure this movie saw the light of day. But after discussing all the issues, Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sidelines and allow a handful of people to determine the limits of free speech in another country (however silly the content might be).”

[Sources]: Google Blog: “The Interview” now available on Google Play and YouTube Movies; Microsoft: The Interview now available on Xbox Videos; New York Post: Sony, in About-Face, Will Screen ‘The Interview’ in a Small Run.

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