LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sony Pictures Entertainment has reached agreements with top U.S. cable, satellite and telco TV providers to distribute "The Interview" via video-on-demand and pay-per-view services, and the studio said it will add about 250 independent theaters exhibiting the movie starting Friday.
The providers that will offer "The Interview" include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and Bright House Networks (affiliates of InDemand); DirecTV; Verizon FiOS TV; Charter Communications, Cablevision and AT&T U-verse TV (affiliates of Vubiquity).
In addition, the comedy will be available via Vudu, Walmart's digital VOD service, and via Sony's PlayStation Network starting Jan. 1.
On Friday, Jan. 2, the number of U.S. independent theaters showing the film will increase to over 580. It opened at 331 theaters on Christmas Day.
Via the pay-TV providers, the film will be made available through VOD and pay-per-view services from $5.99 starting as early as Wednesday, Dec. 31, and rolling out to additional markets over the weekend. Customers of Vudu and Verizon have the option to buy a digital version of the film in addition to the VOD rental.
"We have always sought the widest possible distribution for 'The Interview,' and want to thank our new partners for helping us make that happen," Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, said in a statement.
"The Interview" is currently available online through Google Play, YouTube Movies and Microsoft's Xbox Video. Apple's iTunes began offering the movie and, through the dedicated website SeetheInterview.com.