You may have noticed a problem with Netflix's Watch Instantly on Christmas Eve. So did millions of others. Netflix experienced a streaming outage throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America that lasted from Christmas Eve into Christmas Day. According to reports, the outage was caused by a problem at an Amazon center in Virginia. Netflix is currently looking into the matter.
This must have proved especially frustrating to many people who, after braving harsh weather and packed airports, wanted nothing more than to ignore their awful families for just one friggin' night of peace and quiet -- is that so much to ask, dammit?
Not too much new this week on Watch Instantly, which means the Mayans were right. The biggies are The Do-Deca-Pentathalon from the Duplass Brothers and Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer. Flixist's resident Korean movie-phile Alec Kubas-Meyer ought to be ecstatic since Bedevilled has hit Netflix Instant. Apart from that, not too much else, but isn't there enough on Netflix Instant already, you selfish, ungrateful worm? (My Christmas was not as bad as I'm making it sound. I ate Indian and Chinese take-out with the family, and we watched Goodfellas while drinking mimosas. It was kind of great. I also got a cardigan.)
Check out what's new on Netflix Instant after the cut, where you can also get outraged and outrageous.
New additions to Netflix Watch Instantly apply only to readers in the United States. For those in other parts of the world, your choices may vary.
Weekly Netflix Now Awards
Most Likely to Be Watched First
Movie I've Been Meaning to See That I'll Finally See
Red Hook Summer
Most Likely to Be Watched While Enjoying Spiked Egg Nog
Honorable mention: Anything I watch for the next few days
What I Wanted for Christmas
The Well-Digger's Daughter
What I Got for Christmas
A Bag of Hammers
Rejected Title for My Young Adult Novel About a Lovable Tomboy, Her Eccentric Dad, and a Museum
My Sucky Teen Romance
This is Still a Thing?
Sun Yaar Chill Maar
Best Title as a Weird Adjective