Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Netflix suffers DVD outage as online lives

updated 02:30 pm EDT, Thu August 14, 2008

Netflix DVD Outage

Netflix today confirmed an outage with its rental service that has prevented the company from shipping out its signature DVDs since Tuesday. Company spokesman Steve Swasey doesn't provide a technical reason for the outage but acknowledges that Netflix hasn't been able to ship movies to about a third of its over 8.4 million subscribers for a 24-hour period, stalling their queues and creating longest outage the company has experienced to date.

The problem should now be resolved and doesn't affect inbound DVDs being returned to move up the queue, according to the official.

The outage notably doesn't include Watch Instantly or any of the company's other online movie services, which have become increasingly prominent but are still small compared to the DVD business. Netflix has increased its competition with Apple TV and other network media hubs by having its streaming Internet movies built into a new LG Blu-ray player as well as the Roku Netflix Player.

Critics have often challenged the viability of focusing attention on Internet-based video services due to tighter copyright restrictions than with DVD and the dependence on an active Internet connection. Opponents have responded by pointing out other vulnerabilities in physical distribution that are key to the most recent Netflix outage.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Asus Chromebook C300

When Chromebooks hit the market back in 2011, consumers didn't know what to do with them. The low-cost laptops, powered by Google's Ch ...

Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth headphones

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear ...

Lemur BlueDriver

"Oh no, the check engine light is on…again! What one of the hundreds of reasons could it be this time? Probably going to cost a fort ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News