Netflix back up after going dark in the U.S., Canada and Latin America

Netflix back up after going dark in the U.S., Canada and Latin America
A lot of Netflix subscribers have quite a habit now. Without their tablet or smartphone streaming some favorite old movie or sitcom, they could never fall asleep at night. Earlier tonight it looked like there might have been a mass exodus to another streaming video site, like Hulu Plus, after Netflix experienced the proverbial technical difficulties in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

At 10:11pm EST, Netflix tweeted that it was aware of problems across all devices in those three affected regions. By 10:54pm EST, another tweet from Netflix gave the all clear signal. This is such a competitive business now, that anytime one of the video streaming apps goes dark, there is fear among executives that a rival service might be grabbing customers.

And for those who don't mind watching obscure movies or television shows, Crackle is a free app. One of the shows offered by the latter is the highly acclaimed cop drama The Shield. Not all of the episodes are available, but hey, the site could come in handy on those nights when Netflix is down for longer than 43 minutes.

source: Netflix via Engadget


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