Netflix is the latest company to offer up The Interview on demand.
The online video service announced Tuesday that it will offer The Interview, which it dubbed “the controversial comedy,” to its subscribers in the United States and Canada for no additional charge starting on Jan. 24. Google Play, Xbox and Apple TV previously offered the movie for purchase after the movie was pulled from many theaters following threats from hackers.
The announcement came as part of Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings release. Netflix reported earnings of $0.72 per share on revenue of $1.48 in the December quarter, handily beating Wall Street estimates for earnings of $0.45 per share and coming in just shy of revenue.
Netflix added more than 4 million paying members globally in the fourth quarter, bringing its total to 57.4 million subscribers. It expects to hit 61.4 million global members next quarter.
That subscriber growth and better-than-expected profits further validates Netflix’s continued international expansion efforts and investments in original programming.
While the company says it’s still figuring out certain markets like China — “If we go, it will be a modest investment,” CEO Reed Hastings said on the earnings call Tuesday — Netflix nonetheless expects to “complete our global expansion” into a total of 200 countries “over the next two years, while staying profitable, which is earlier than expected.” Netflix also expects to air 320 hours of original programming in 2015, triple the amount it aired in the previous year.
On the programming front, Netflix faces growing competition from Amazon, which recently won a Golden Globe for its show Transparent and made headlines by signing up Woody Allen to produce his first-ever TV series. If that wasn’t enough, Amazon is pushing into movie-making with plans to develop a dozen movies a year and screen them in theaters.
The company’s stock shot up more than 10% in after-hours trading following the earnings report — a far better outcome than the previous quarter when the stock dipped 25% for missing its subscriber forecasts.