If you were trying to watch that Christmas movie on Netflix from your device, you might have encountered some issues trying to stream a movie. The cause of it? Amazon Web Services in Virginia went down according to their status page since 1pm today.
You might have received an error 010 code with a message that it couldn’t find an internet connection, even though your desktop was connected perfectly fine. Netflix is fully aware of the issue and the bad timing.
We’re sorry for the Christmas Eve outage. Terrible timing! Engineers are working on it now. Stay tuned to @netflixhelps for updates.
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 25, 2012
The service is spotty though, some devices are working fine and some aren’t as confirmed on Twitter by Netflix’s Cloud Architect, Adrian Cockroft.
Bunch of ELBs down, lots of happy Netflix instances getting no traffic, still waiting for AWS to fix it. Some devices working, others not.
— adrian cockcroft (@adrianco) December 25, 2012
ELB stands for Elastic Load Balancing, a feature offered by Amazon to dynamically distribute the site traffic load evenly so that users can access a site without any issues or downtime. Apparently, that’s not going so swell and this makes it the third time that Amazon Web Services has gone down this year. And surprisingly, half of the internet is on Amazon Web Services that had their share of downtime at one point or another, which are: foursquare, Turntable.fm, Heroku, Imgur, Reddit, Airbnb, GitHub, Pinterest, GameSpot, Flipboard, Minecraft, and Instagram.
2012 isn’t over yet, and maybe Netflix will be back before the New Year. Keep checking Amazon’s service page to see if the N. Virginia location is back to normal.