About an hour ago PlayStation Vue went down according to reports for our readers. The outage seems to be scattered through parts of the Midwest, Northeast, and East coast of the United States.
Update: After being down for about 2 hours PlayStation Vue is coming back online for most subscribers.
Out in Nebraska 😩 https://t.co/krrgmiXUqw
— Bryan (@Padsker) January 23, 2018
Detroit is out
— Ryan Curtis (@theCurtisReport) January 23, 2018
Some users are reporting that a stream they started before the outage is still working but they are unable to switch channels:
Guide will not load. Stuck on one channel
— Ti_ (@ti_watson) January 23, 2018
Out in Houston. Was watching a show on dvr and once it finished I wasn’t able to get back to the guide.
— Austin Hall (@CoachHall87) January 23, 2018
As best we can tell the issue seems to be with the guide and is preventing users from starting new streams in select parts of the country.
So what happened with all the recent outages?
Recently there has been a rash of outages from several different services. As best we can tell over the weekend what has happened is a rush of new subscribers and unexpected demand in viewership has left streaming services struggling to keep up.
Now streaming services are rushing to expand compacity to handle the demand. Why is it so slow in the day and age of on-demand hosting? Security is a big part of it. The contracts streaming companies have with the content providers don’t allow them to just put the content on any old server. These servers must be secure with a secure connection to prevent pirate streams coming from them.
So why this outage? Well at this time we are unsure it is very possible that it was a physical hardware failure or some software glitch. Knowing Sony we likely will never find out what happened.
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