After a week of shattering revelations and political fallout, Alki David, CEO of FilmOn Networks–the bold streaming service which the FCC has lauded in its proposal to modernize rules governing the television business–has tendered a formal offer to Sony International to stream The Interview. The James Franco and Seth Rogan film at the heart of the cyber catastrophe has become a political football, and David, no stranger to controversy and risk, has stepped up for freedom of speech and freedom from fear.
“At FilmOn we’ve weathered corrupt legal attacks and brutal DDOS attacks to our systems alike,” says David. “Since we’ve always stood for offering consumers ways to watch what they want, when they want, on the devices they want–we would be proud to stream The Interview to our 65 million monthly users and the world.”
With President Obama and the leaders of the nation’s biggest theater chains all pointing fingers at Sony, and media pundits such as David Carr calling for the movie to be released as quickly and broadly as possible to prove Kim Jung Il is not “America’s new Minister of Culture,” it makes sense to release the film on an independent platform that can reach as many people as possible around the world.
The move follows on a busy week for David and his companies: the FCC announced proposed changes that would make FilmOn an MPVD and the announcement of the first full length hologram show, which will be devoted to Liberace and will tour the world, caught fire on social media and music news outlets globally.