On Thursday evening, Netflix became a trending topic on Twitter, but not for any that reason the company might want. Most tweets were from frustrated Netflix customers complaining about being unable to access the firm's instant streaming service.
DownRightNow, a website that monitors server activity for major web properties, confirmed that customer complains were the result of a legitimate and widespread outage.
Many users were taking the opportunity to poke a little fun at their dependence on the market-leading video service. One example came as @KevinFarzad tweeted: "Netflix is down. Teens are running wild in the streets, shrieking obscenities. DO I HAVE TO TALK TO MY FAMILY NOW??"
Netflix recently made headlines by announcing that it was in discussions with several major cable providers, seeking to strike a deal that would allow cable subscribers to access Netflix programming directly through their set-top cable boxes. A recently signed deal with the UK's Virgin Media is bringing the service to 3.8 million British cable customers.
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