SAN FRANCISCO (USA TODAY/Elizabeth Weise) — Netflix went down Saturday afternoon for about two and a half hours, unleashing a flood of Tweets and posts as fans found themselves unable to get to their favorite shows.

The interruption appeared to have begun around 3:00 PM Eastern. The site came back online about 5:30 PM.The cause of the outage was not immediately known.

The company tweeted at 3:25 PM Eastern that it was "aware of streaming issues and we are working quickly to solve them. We will update you when they are solved."

During the outage the streaming service continued to work on smart phones and tablets.

Based on the languages the Tweets anguishing over the Netflix blackout were written in, it appeared the service was down across much of the globe, including South America, France, Italy, Portugal and Germany.

Some users got an empty, blank page when they entered www.netflix.com into their browser.

An error page from the popular video streaming service Netflix, which experienced a shutdown the afternoon of Saturday, October 1, 2016. 

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