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Netflix Down? Site, Streaming Offline For Many Users (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: Netflix, which confirmed that its website and Watch Instantly streaming service suffered an outage late Sunday evening, has said that access has been restored.

@NetflixHelps tweeted around 3AM ET, "The website and watch instantly are online, but some are still having issues with activating devices. We'll have that fixed ASAP too."

Earlier, it had acknowledged that its site and streaming service were offline for many, writing in a tweet, "Hi everyone, we're working hard to bring the website and watch instantly back up. We'll post again when everything is back online."

According to Bloomberg, "The outage was not caused by a hacking attack, Steve Swasey, a spokesman for the Los Gatos, California-based company said in an e-mail. He declined to provide additional details."

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If you've had problems accessing Netflix.com and the company's streaming services, you're not alone.

Users have taken to the web to gripe about issues they've had loading Netflix's site to both order and stream content. Netflix's movies.netflix.com is reportedly up and running for many, though subscribers say that they cannot access Netflix via their iPad or Apple TV.

Gigaom's Om Malik writes, "For past hour or so, I have been trying to access the service but I have been unable to watch it on my iPad or on my Apple TV. It is about 8.40 PST."

TechCrunch notes of the outage:

Reports of inability to access the site have been popping up since 5:23 pm PST according to one user and the website currently displays the above “service down” message (Netflix on the Wii and the iPad is still working apparently). There’s no word yet on whether this is part of a recent spate of hacks on services like Sony and Sega.

Twitter has been full of complaints from Netflix subscribers who are unable to access content. Some are already suggesting that a cyber attack may be to blame.

@Johullrich tweeted, "#netflix is down. Now the question is not how long until it is back up, but how long until users/pw database is posted."

Netflix has yet to offer an update on the situation via its official Twitter account (@Netflix) or blog.

The company recently announced that it would be pulling Sony movies from its streaming service due to what Netflix described as a "temporary contract issue between Sony and Starz ."

Is Netflix down for you? On what devices and beginning at what time? Let us know in the comments below.

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