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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday June 13 2018, @09:06AM   Printer-friendly
from the RIP-net-neutrality dept.

Binge-watchers were at the receiving end of a cruel joke yesterday as they arrived home after a hectic day’s work – Netflix (NFLX) was down – and it sent the whole world into a tizzy. Only an error message displayed on both the app and the website that read: Netflix error: this title is not available to watch instantly.

In spite of witnessing an exponential increase in the number of ardent followers, Netflix had so far managed to prevent its servers from any major disruptions. That is, until yesterday, when it saw its largest global outage. The video-streaming platform has previously suffered minor outages on April 19, May 9 and May 24 this year.

We are aware of members having trouble streaming on all devices. We are investigating the issue and appreciate your patience.

— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) June 11, 2018

[...] As per Down Detector website, complaints peaked at around 5PM ET and half an hour later, Netflix acknowledged the outage on its Twitter channel that they are aware of the issue. The issue was sorted out by 7PM ET, when the company tweeted, “The streaming issues we reported earlier have now been resolved. Thank you for your patience, and as always, happy streaming!”

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Thexalon on Wednesday June 13 2018, @09:13PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Wednesday June 13 2018, @09:13PM (#692534) Homepage

    Is there any evidence indicating that this might actually be related to net neutrality and not bog-standard IT incompetence

    You mean other than the fact that it occurred in a matter of hours after the ISPs were legally allowed to mess with Netflix traffic, and the ISPs were complaining about Netflix to the FCC when they convinced the FCC to change the rules? It could be a coincidence, but the timing sure is suspicious.

    We have absolutely no idea what Netflix did to fix it. It could be they fixed their load balancer or something, or it could be that they signed the contracts AT&T and Comcast had been trying to shove down their throats, which presumably have clauses saying they can't talk about what just happened.

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