Starting Wednesday afternoon, you can watch the controversial Sony Pictures comedy "The Interview" via YouTube, Google Play, the Microsoft Xbox video game console and a special Web site called SeeTheInterview.com. Sony said in a statement that it will become available at around 1 p.m. ET on Christmas Eve. The extraordinary announcement encapsulated days of negotiations between Sony and a number of potential Internet distribution partners. As a result, "The Interview" will have a historic simultaneous release in both living rooms and about 300 independently-owned theaters across the United States. An earlier plan to rent "The Interview" through Apple's iTunes store broke down, according to two of the sources, but it could re-materialize sometime after Christmas. As for the physical release on Thursday, the studio's list of participating theatersincludes about 300 that will start showing it on Christmas and dozens of others that will start showing it on January 1 or 2. Some of the Christmas Day screenings are already sold out. "With what looks like a seriously limited release, limited supply is yielding substantial demand," the fan web site Moviepilot said. An online stream will provide more supply. YouTube has a two-year-old movie rental system that it has tested mostly with relatively obscure titles; "The Interview" would be its biggest yet.