Netflix suffered a major outage on Saturday afternoon that began around 3:00 p.m. ET. The streaming service continued to have trouble for the next two and a half hours, coming back online around 5:30 p.m. ET. Netflix acknowledged the disruption in a Twitter post, but has yet to say what cased the trouble. Early speculation is that binge watching a couple of popular new shows might have been the issue.
Hi all - we are aware of streaming issues and we are working quickly to solve them. We will update you when they are resolved.— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) October 1, 2016
Whatever the reason, it left streaming subscribers having to come with up an alternative plan for Saturday afternoon. That works out to a lot of people—Netflix is the biggest streaming service in the nation, accounting for over half of all subscriptions (53 percent). Amazon is a distant second at 25 percent, followed by Hulu at 13 percent and HBO at just 1 percent, based on data from Strategy Analytics.