Netflix up and running after service crashes for half hour

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MILWAUKEE — Netflix has resumed service after briefly crashing and sending the Internet into a panic.

Users across the United States reported problems with the streaming service on Tuesday evening. Down Detector showed thousands of complaints. Viewers hoping for counter programming ahead of the presidential debate were disappointed.

"There goes my chance to Netflix and chill," one subscriber wrote.

It was unclear how many subscribers were affected by the outage.

Around 7:45 p.m. ET, Netflix's customer service account on Twitter said: "We are aware of streaming issues on some devices & we are working quickly to solve them. We will update you when they are resolved."

Netflix is by far the most popular subscription TV service, so every outage is carefully scrutinized -- not to mention annoying.