Netflix experiencing outage: Another AWS issue? (Update: Online again)

It looks like Netflix is down yet again. The popular streaming service seems to have outages on a relatively frequent basis, being down in 2010, in 2011, and twice in 2012, including the infamous Christmas Eve outage.

It's unclear what the source of today's outage is, but earlier today Amazon's AWS service reported elevated latencies in the North Virginia zone. Although it's reported that the issue is resolved, it's possible that there are still issues with the cloud service and that it's negatively impacting the Netflix service.

9:13pm CT: First official word of the Netflix outage.

9:25pm CT: Netflix is reporting issues in several regions, although it's still unclear whether that's referring to the Netflix service itself or the Amazon regions.

10:11pm CT: Netflix is still down for many people. There have been no updates on either the @Netflix or @Netflixhelps Twitter feeds, and Amazon's AWS status page still says there are currently no issues.

10:35pm CT: Netflix is starting to return to normal. After logging in, you now get a message that says:

We're currently experiencing a technical issue.While we get things back to normal, some features aren't available - but you can play select titles on this page.

Some of the titles include "What to Expect When You're Expecting," "Girl in Progress," and, "LOL." Apparently the servers with the good movies are still experiencing technical difficulties...

10:57pm CT: Still no official update from Netflix, but we can now access the full catalog of movies from both the PC and via our wireless phone.

11:11pm CT: Netflix has tweeted that the service is now available, although they gave no details on the actual cause.

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