The Sony Pictures Entertainment hack took place a couple of weeks back and it has made waves in international media, partly because of the fact that the FBI has pointed a finger at North Korea for orchestrating the devastating cyberattack. While the DPRK denies this, and has even called for a joint investigation with the U.S., theater chains pulled out when hackers threatened moviegoers with 9/11 style attacks if they went to see The Interview. A new report suggests that Sony’s troubles are not yet over.
According to industry estimates Sony will probably lose up to $200 million if The Interview isn’t released at all through any medium. There has been talk of the movie being released through an online streaming company, even the notorious hacker group Anonymous has offered to release the movie for Sony.
Fox Business reports that Sony and Dish Network were talking about a possible release on the satellite TV provider. Apparently the talks derailed yesterday, and if they had gone through, people in the U.S. would have been able to watch The Interview by Christmas. Sony had initially planned the theatrical release of this movie for Christmas Day as well.
While there has been no comment on this report from Dish the scribe claims to have learned that Dish declined to do this for Sony because Charlie Ergen, who is the chairman and majority shareholder of Dish Network, “declined for unspecified reasons.” On the other hand Sony says that no decision has been made yet and that it is still “exploring a number of distribution options.”