Sony Pictures Entertainment has come to an agreement with U.S. cable and satellite providers to distribute its controversial comedy “The Interview” via video-on-demand and pay-per-view services.
Providers expected to offer the film include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and Bright House Networks, DirecTV, Verizon FiOS TV and Charter Communications, Cablevision, and AT&T U-verse TV. Essentially, the only major U.S. pay TV provider not offering the film will be Dish Network.
On top of this, more than 250 additional independent cinemas are scheduled to exhibit the movie starting Friday which will bring its total screen count up to 580. The comedy has also become available on Vudu and Sony’s PlayStation Network.
Netflix is thought to still be in the mix to acquire streaming rights, but Sony will likely hold back that release for a while yet until transactional VOD sources are exhausted.