Netflix experiencing issues with ‘Love is Blind’ livestream

Netflix had some serious issues with the livestream of its “Love is Blind” reunion episode. We always knew the livestream would be messy, as reality show reunions always are — but after a 75 minute delay, it seems Netflix pulled the plug on the live show, according to remarks from host Vanessa Lachey.

“We are sorry we’re late. We are no longer live, but we are now finally here!” Lachey said when the show finally aired.

Per Down Detector, more than 10,000 users reported errors accessing Netflix around 8 PM ET, the time that the reunion was slated to air. Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the livestream itself displayed an error message, declaring: “There’s an issue with the livestream. Hang tight! We’re trying to fix it as soon as possible.”

At first, Netflix tweeted to tell users that the stream would be delayed fifteen minutes. But the issues were not resolved that fast.

It’s an inauspicious beginning for the streaming network’s foray into live entertainment. The “Love is Blind” reunion is Netflix’s second ever livestream, which would seem like a smart way to bolster its reputation as a destination for live events — 30 million households watched the show’s first season, per Netflix’s internal viewing statistics. But after tonight’s delay and cancellation, “Love is Blind” fans might be left feeling as frustrated as Kwame when he realized he’d have to move to Seattle.

Naturally, fans chimed in with sassy comments online… even Blockbuster, which apparently has a Twitter account.

Blockbuster tweeted at Netflix, “Remember renting vhs’ from us. You could start it on time no problem… This is what we get.”

Netflix’s first live event took place in March with Chris Rock’s comedy special “Selective Outrage.” In the week after its release, it was viewed for a total of 17.8 million hours and reached Netflix’s Global Top 10 chart.

As far as Netflix’s future livestream plans go, the streamer snagged streaming rights for the Screen Actor Guild Awards, beginning next year.


Netflix experiencing issues with ‘Love is Blind’ livestream by Amanda Silberling originally published on TechCrunch

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