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Netflix blames Christmas Eve outage on Amazon

An outage at one of Amazon's web service centres hit users of Netflix Inc.'s streaming video service on Christmas Eve and was not fully resolved until Christmas Day, a spokesman for the movie rental company said on Tuesday.

The outage impacted Netflix subscribers across Canada, Latin America and the United States, and affected various devices that enable users to stream movies and television shows from home, Netflix spokesman Joris Evers said. Such devices range from gaming consoles such as Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 to Blu-ray players.

Mr. Evers said that the issue was the result of an outage at an Amazon Web Services' cloud computing centre in Virginia, and started at about 12:30 p.m. PST on Monday.

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Service was fully restored Tuesday morning, although streaming was available for most users late on Monday.

"We are investigating exactly what happened and how it could have been prevented," Mr. Evers said.

"We are happy that people opening gifts of Netflix or Netflix-capable devices can watch TV shows and movies and apologize for any inconvenience caused last night," he added.

An outage at Amazon Web Services, or AWS, knocked out such sites as Reddit and Foursquare in April of last year.

Amazon Web Services was not immediately available for comment. Mr. Evers, the Netflix spokesman, declined to comment on the company's contracts with Amazon.

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