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Where you can stream ‘The Interview,’ for how much (and a poll)

Security outside The Theatre at Ace Hotel before the premiere of the film "The Interview" on Dec. 11 in Los Angeles. The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong Un, played by Randall Park.
Security outside The Theatre at Ace Hotel before the premiere of the film "The Interview" on Dec. 11 in Los Angeles. The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong Un, played by Randall Park. AFP/Getty Images

From canceled to available on your smartphone, Seth Rogen’s and James Franco’s “The Interview” started streaming Wednesday on YouTube, Google Play and Xbox Video.

The Sony comedy costs $5.99 to rent or $14.99 to own. It also is available on Sony’s own site, SeeTheInterview.com — but, curiously, not immediately available on Sony’s Playstation Network, though a Sony representative said it would be there eventually.

The Sony site accepts online payments through the Stripe service, whose co-founder Patrick Collison wrote in a blog that the company was “happy to be involved” in the release.

“We don’t always endorse what businesses sell through Stripe, but we do think it’s critical that we and our peers don’t act as gatekeepers for what is and isn’t acceptable content,” Collison wrote.

Business Insider also reported that Sony was exploring other online distribution options, including with Apple, which declined.

About 200 to 300 independent theaters are showing the movie this week, including several in Kansas City.

Last week, Sony pulled the movie — a satire about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — from a scheduled wide release after U.S. movie theaters were threatened with 9-11 style violence. The decision rankled everyone, including President Barack Obama.

Now it seems the movie will be available everywhere and to anyone. If you need a review, here’s one.

Question is, will you watch it? (Mobile users, click here for the poll.)

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