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Mega found Kim Dotcom mocks North Korea's threatening statements; good or bad, video is now available to stream for $6 USD

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) in the eleventh hour was swayed by criticism, and decided it would be releasing The Interview, after all.  Now it's made the video available ahead of schedule for a nominal fee, via multiple top streaming video outlets.

I. Film is Available to Stream for $6 USD

The movie has been mired in drama due to its comedic depicition of the hostile North Korean dictatorship.  That subject matter led a group of hackers calling themselves "Guardians of Peace" (GOP) to hack Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758) subsidiary and release embarassing internal emails.  After major movie theater chains vowed to boycott the release out of fear of North Korean reprisals, Sony leaned towards scuttling the film -- until the recent reversal.

While the film -- produced on a ~$42M USD budget -- is expected to air tomorrow at arthouse theaters, it's expecting to pick up the slack from the boycott by theater chains by offering the film on-demand.

The Interview
[Image Source: SPE]

The film is now available via Sony's website "See the Interview" (seetheinterview.com); via Google Inc.'s (GOOG) YouTube and Google Play (Android); and via Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Xbox Video market. The video costs $6 USD to rent, and can be purhased immediately in digital form for $15 USD.

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) refused to carry the film for now (Apple traditionally has frowned upon political satire in the iTunes Store).

For those on the fence, the big question is whether the film is as bad as early reviews seemed to suggest.  Some more recent reviewers still weren't impressed, but others have suggested the film is "pretty good", even "scandal aside".

II. North Korea Threatens Attacks Against U.S. "Mainland"

Some have expressed skepticism that the hack really occurred or that it originated in North Korea.  After all, the movie is rumored to be rather bad, but will now inevitably be viewed through a rosier lens given the nationalist light it's been cast in.

However, skeptics must consider that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claims to have definitive proof that the hacks came from IP addresses in North Korea (routed via servers in China).  It also says that the malware planted on Sony servers is characteristic of malware known to originate in the hostile Asian military state.

The again North Korea has denied involvement in the hacking.  And some experts are giving cynical commentaries about the claim of a North Korean hand in the hack.  Ultimately you'll just have to decide who to trust -- the FBI or North Korea (or you could always trust neither).

Kim Jong Un
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's regime vowed attacks against the U.S. mainland, should it show the film mocking their leader. [Image Source: AP]

On the other hand, regardless of whether they were behind the original attack, North Korea definitely was not afraid to heap on more threats on the eve of the film's launch.  On Monday North Korea's official state news service, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), released a fiery threat against the U.S., vowing [via]:

The army and people of the DPRK [North Korea] are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the US in all war spaces including cyber warfare space.

The release stated that North Korea was not behind the attack, but that whoever did the attack was justified and was a friend to North Koreans.  It vowed to attack "the whole US mainland" if plans to stream and show the film were followed through with.

Mega founder Kim Dotcom had a humorous spoof of these threats, stating: Leave it to a supposed enemy of the corporate entertainment industry to give one of the most humorous statements in its defense.

Sources: See The Interview, Google [official blog], Microsoft [official blog], via Neowin





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