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'The Interview' Lands on Netflix Three Weeks before DVD, Blu-Ray Debut

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Netflix subscribers getting to watch 'The Interview' this weekend, three weeks before its disc release
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The release schedule 'The Interview' is getting another unconventional twist, with the hugely publicized film debuting on Netflix only a month after its original limited theatrical release, and three weeks before its disc debut.

The film, which was pulled from general release due to threats of terrorism, has had a very unconventional release schedule with it being the first major studio film to be released simultaneously on digital and in cinemas. Since then, it has broken all digital revenue records, recouping $40 million since Christmas Eve. It is also now one of the first major films to receive a Netflix release before its DVD and Blu-ray release date, thanks to behind the scene negotiations between Netflix and the film's distributor, Sony Pictures.

'The Interview' will start streaming for US and Canadian Netflix subscribers starting this Saturday, the 24th of January, Netflix made the official announcement via its regularly scheduled letter to shareholders.

Netflix also revealed a glowing set of financial figures, with net income up 73% year-on-year on a 36% revenue increase. Almost half of Netflix's revenue still comes from its disc rental business.

Content licensing costs for the streaming giant is will now likely exceed $10 billion this year (currently $9.5 billion, up $2.3 billion from just a year ago). 

Netflix continues to improve its original content offering, with 320 hours of new original content to be released this year alone (a complete schedule can be seen here).


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