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June 20, 2011

Netflix's weekend hangover

netflix-hangover.gifDid you have trouble viewing programs on Netflix this past weekend? The website was down for several hours last night and there were scattered reports (on Twitter) of some problems.

CNET cited a spokesman, who called it a "technical issue" -- there were no suggestions of hackers taking down the video-streaming service. But hackers are on everybody's minds these days.

ZDNet also noted how Netflix had to pull Sony movies from its Starz streaming service on Friday, leaving subscribers with fewer choices.

Don't be surprised if the unlimited data streaming payment model for your home ISP comes to an end, just as Netflix really seems to be gaining a major foothold. Data caps and "throttling" will likely become bigger issues.

Netflix is a huge data streaming hog, and ISPs are inclined to make someone pay for the growing data usage -- and that someone will probably be the consumer.


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Posted by Gus Sentementes at 10:40 AM | | Comments (3)
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I had no problem reaching Netflix last night. For movies, I use Netflix. For TV online, use a service, like the TVDevo website which offers both live and on-demand programming. Between these 2, its all you need.

I had issues with picture and sound synching up last night.

We watch 3-4 hours of Netflix every night. Did not have any problems. Don't know why anyone would want to watch cable channels any more.

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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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