The Interview hit by widespread piracy

Following its online release on December 24th and limited theatrical release on Christmas Day, controversial comedy film The Interview has become available on a number of piracy websites, with some 900,000 torrent users downloading the title in the following 24 hours.

Sony Pictures made the movie available for rental and purchase online for US consumers on YouTube, Google Play, Microsoft Xbox Video and on its own dedicated website www.seetheinterview.com for $5.99.

Using data sourced from piracy tracking specialist Excipio, variety.com reports that The Interview was downloaded by 904,237 clients worldwide on December 25th following its uploading to a range of file-sharing services.

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