Sony's 'The Interview' Challenges North Korea — and Hollywood
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|The Interview , for all its build up and controversy, could be the canary that Hollywood studios watch as they navigate the perils of more quickly making movies available online. By releasing the movie on Google and Microsoft's Xbox streaming services , among others, Sony has given Hollywood a test case for distributing movies outside the multiplex cinemas. For decades, fear and economics have combined to keep studios from collapsing a system that has required movies to first appear in a cinema, then on DVD or downloads before reaching HBO, basic cable and Netflix.
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