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Major Netflix Outage Stops Shipment of DVDs

If you've been counting on Netflix to fill a TV void during the Olympics or just pick up this week's new releases, there may be some bad news for you: Netflix is in the middle of its biggest outage ever.

About a third of Netflix's 8.4 million customers are being affected by the outage, according to Reuters. Netflix didn't ship any DVDs on Tuesday, got a few out the door on Wednesday, and hasn't shipped any so far today.

Netflix had a brief outage in March, but this one is being seen as much worse — partly because the company hasn't figured out yet what made the shipping system go down. Officials said they're working "feverishly" to fix it, will offer credits to affected customers, and have e-mailed those who won't be getting their DVDs as scheduled.

Have any of you been caught in this Netflix mess? Or are you receiving and returning your DVDs just fine?


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Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I should have had a new movie tuesday :( I still don't have it. Oh well i will survive with the movies i have :)
motherof3 motherof3 9 years
I am kinda bummed because I plan my Netflix week carefully. I dropped off a movie Saturday and they still haven't sent me one to replace it. I checked my account and they are sending one out tomorrow but it wasn't even my top movie. It was like number 8 or something. I hope they fix it soon.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Fuzzles...Netflix doesn't rent porn...;) Umm...not that I've searched or anything. :innocent: I'd just received my 3 before this happened, and I've been to busy watching the Olympics anyway to watch the dvd's. So I'm not really affected by the issue. I wouldn't really get upset if I was waiting on a dvd anyway.
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 9 years
I can't believe how dependent I have become on my fast netflix turnaround! I have to laugh at myself, I'm like "Where is my copy of Smart People, I sent No Reservations back on FRIDAY!!!" I must learn to relax more. I did appreciate that they emailed me, just so I'm in the loop. I was nervous that my movie had gotten lost or there was a problem with my account. But it seems excessive to get a credit just because I was without a movie for a couple of days. I should be able to entertain myself in some other way.
mudnessa mudnessa 9 years
i sent a movie back and never got the we got it email and was going to let them know but i figured i would give them a few extra days because even though i thought i got it out on friday i was not paying much attention and it could not have gone out till monday. at least now i know that my movie didnt get lost and there is a reason. its no real biggie for me since i dont tend to get to my movies very quickly. i go through spurts and i guess its good this one came at a time im not watching stuff. just to mention it i did blockbuster for a year or so and was really not happy with it i like netflix much better, even with this new problem, which im sure will be resolved shortly.
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 9 years
I received an email about it. I did the Blockbuster for a year or so, but I am so much happier with Netflix. They use a lot more shipping facilities so there is less of a wait time for really popular items.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
This definitely puts a damper on my plans to join Netflix when I go back to school next week.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Damn. Where am I going to get my porn from now?!
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
I've gotten two this week, one yesterday and one today. I guess it's not affecting my local branch or something?
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I sent 2 back on Tuesday and just noticed that I haven't gotten anything. I didn't even get the e-mail yet. Darn.
krazykarot krazykarot 9 years
I received an email from Netflix as well, but I'm going out of town soon, so I guess this is a good time for it to be messed up. I'm sure everything will be back to normal by the time I get back.
redegg redegg 9 years
It always takes 3 to 4 days to receive movies from them so I hadn't realized the problem but sure enough they are delayed for me too. Guess it will be a week now!
Kate14909563 Kate14909563 9 years
I sent 3 back monday and they still say that they are shipping wednesday. I did get the email about the credits this morning. I am not stressed out about it, I still have some tv shows to catch up on and one netflix movie left to watch. And I picked up some really juicy reads at the library yesterday during my lunch hour.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
I agree that it's not something to get super stressed about, but they're not delivering the service as promised so they should make it right. I plan my queue so that my husband and I can have movie nights on the weekend and so I'll have something to do the rest of the time while he is studying for a huge test. I can go get one at RedBox if I need it that badly, but it is a little annoying to spend on RB when I am already paying Netflix. I was glad they put the little alert at the top of the screen today when I logged in because I was starting to worry about stuff I sent. I dropped off 2 movies on Sunday at the post office and one registered as recieved on Wednesday. When the other never registered I reported it missing, but that was before all this came out. My queue still says I have one shipping Wed (yesterday) so we'll see if I get it I guess.
Mykie7 Mykie7 9 years
I hadn't even noticed they were slow. I don't pay much attention to how long it takes to get a movie, I just know how excited I get when I see the little red envelope. LOL So, waiting just means more anticipation.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Doesn't affect me...I use Blockbuster Online :D
stephley stephley 9 years
This explains why I haven't seen disc one of season three of Arrested Development! I hope I get it for the weekend.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
I got that email from them about this morning and I am really annoyed!! What do they want me to do read a book. LOL! :P
suziryder suziryder 9 years
I got a disk from Netflix yesterday. I haven't been paying attention to Netflix because of the Olympics so I'm not sure when I sent my last one in. I still have a disk that they sent me last week, waiting to be watched, so I doubt the outage will affect me.
grizzbabe grizzbabe 9 years
I sent my DVDs back on Monday and received an email this morning about the outage. Last night I was even wondering aloud where my DVDs were - usually they're pretty quick. I'm a little bummed. I've been watching Six Feet Under for the first time, and I'm totally hooked! I need my fix! At least Netflix sent out the email and is going to credit me back. That's pretty awesome. I wonder how long this is going to be a problem?
frogandprince frogandprince 9 years
I still have a DVD I haven't watched yet, so I'm good.
marcella marcella 9 years
i got an email today. no biggie. i'm not all that worried about it. i agree with ilanac13... it's nothing to get stressed about!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
you know, i just sent back a few DVDs and wondered about that one since they are usually so great about sending them back out to me - but i figured that i'd get them today or tomorrow. i'm sure they will fix it ASAP. it's funny that people freak out about this so much - what's the point in requesting a credit for 2 days of not having a movie? seriously?
menthadict menthadict 9 years
I just got mine today so I was lucky lol
limelindsey limelindsey 9 years
Just got an email from Netflix. I mailed back one on Monday, they received it Wednesday (usually it's a one-day turnaround), and still haven't shipped anything out. Returned another one yesterday and still no receipt. Oh well. Guess I'll have to hit the library for DVDs for the weekend!
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