Amid the tension looms large between the US and North Korea over the recent incident of hacking on Sony Entertainment Network, tech giant Apple Inc has announced that it is offering the controversial film ‘The Interview’ at its iTunes store.
While announcing the development in a released statement, Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said, “We’re pleased to offer ‘The Interview’ for rental or purchase on the iTunes Store.”
‘The Interview’, a comedy flick by Sony Corp, has re-ignited the tensions between both the US and North Korea and invited angry reactions from the supporters of the North as the film features an assassination plot of North Korean President Kim Jong Un.
According to the Apple’s website, the movie will cost the viewers USD 14.99 for buying and USD 5.99 for renting on iTunes.
Apple is one of the tech companies to agree carrying the controversial film via video-on-demand. According to the sources, the company first chose to wait for at least four days after the rival firms first released it on their respective digital platforms on December 24.
The film was released by the Sony Pictures via many online platforms, including Google Inc’s Google Play and YouTube, Microsoft Corp’s Xbox gaming console and Sony’s dedicated website. The movie lovers also enjoyed the films across 331 mostly independent theaters that contributed in generating over USD 1 million in sales on Christmas day.
Meanwhile, both the United States and North Korea continued with the exchange of verbal attacks on each other, after the former accused later for carrying the serious cyber attack on Sony’s Network. North Korea has declined its involvement and extended hands for joint probe into the issue.