Netflix blames Amazon for Christmas Eve outage

An Apple iPad is used to view Netflix during the Netflix UK launch in London, England on January 9, 2012.
Gareth Cattermole

Netflix's streaming video service was down for many people on Christmas Eve, which was supposed to a prime streaming day for the company. Netflix has blamed the snafu on Amazon.The outage impacted Netflix subscribers across Canada, Latin America and the United States, Reuters reported.

 "We are investigating exactly what happened and how it could have been prevented," a Netflix spokesman told Reuters. 

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Amazon Web Services, or AWS, operates server systems that deliver Internet and data storage services for a number of companies, including Netflix. Amazon confirmed that there was an outage and said the issue has now been resolved. "The service is now functioning correctly, and we're heads down making sure customers are operating smoothly," an Amazon spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal.

But the glitch was at least the third major AWS outage this year for Amazon, the WSJ said.