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Netflix streaming service hit by partial outage

Disruption in nearly every geographical zone is preventing customers from viewing some content on Netflix.

Message many Netflix customers are seeing Tuesday night. Screenshot by Steven Musil/CNET

Netflix's streaming service is experiencing a partial outage this Tuesday evening, preventing customers from watching some movies and TV programs.

The company said in a tweet that customers in all areas with the exception of Europe were experiencing streaming issues and it was looking into the matter.

Instead of their normal selections, many customers were presented with a limited number of shows and movies that could be accessed instead. It wasn't immediately clear how many customers were affected or when the outage occurred.

A Netflix representative said late Tuesday that the company had resolved a short streaming outage affecting streaming customers in North America and Latin America and that the company was still investigating the cause.

The last significant outage to hit Netflix occurred on Christmas Eve in 2012 when a disruption in Amazon's cloud services hobbled Netflix's streaming services for several hours. That outage was traced to an issue on Amazon Web Services servers.

Update, August 20 at 10 am PT: Adds Netflix comment.