Netflix’s video streaming services are availed by a sizeable population in the U.S. Things turned rather unfestive for the company on the Christmas eve when it witnessed a widespread outage of the service across the country. The streaming eventually resumed normal functioning later.
Interestingly, Netflix was quick to pin the blame on Amazon Web Service servers. It kept the users informed of the latest updates about the outage through its Twitter account. Within a few hours of the streaming problem, the company tweeted, “We’re sorry for the Christmas Eve outage. Terrible timing! Engineers are working on it now.”
It further stated that it was working with Amazon engineers to fix the issue. Since Amazon hasn’t officially responded to this, it would seem that the fault did indeed lie with Amazon’s servers and not on Netflix’s end.
Apparently, not all Netflix users were affected by the outage. According to the company, the outage was limited to only a few users initially but then it ‘grew in scope.’ On Christmas eve, “streaming was available again for the majority of our members late”, a spokesperson revealed through email.
Later, Neflix released a statement saying, “We…apologize for any inconvenience caused last night. We are investigating the cause and will do what we can to prevent reccurrence.” However, that would help little since the outage occured on Christmas eve and probably would’ve ruined the good moods of many happy users.