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The Interview can now be streamed on Youtube (with a little help from Ireland)

Payments for the US-only rental are being powered by Stripe.

Source: sonypictureshomeent/YouTube

(Video will not play outside US)

ENTERTAINMENT GIANT SONY has released ‘The Interview’ on Youtube, but it’s only available to view in the United States.

The comedy, which spawned an international diplomatic incident, was released online in the past few hours ahead of a limited theatrical release tomorrow.

It was to be distributed on Google’s YouTube for $5.99, on the Google Play app for Android devices and on a dedicated website, seetheinterview.com.

The website states that it is currently only possible to view the movie in the US but that the studio hopes to broaden this worldwide.

There is an Irish connection though, payments for the rental of the movie are being powered by Stripe, the online payments company founded by the Collison brothers.

The company, which this year began working with Twitter and Facebook on their ‘buy buttons’, was recently valued at $3.5 billion.

After previously cancelling the release of the movie because of hacking blamed on North Korea, Sony yesterday announced that the movie would be released in a number of US theatres and online.

The movie features a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and is believed to have angered the dictator leading to the embarrassing hack on the Sony network.

Additional reporting by © – AFP 2014

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