Tech problems knock out Netflix site

March 24, 2008 5:31:36 PM PDT
Online DVD rental leader Netflix Inc.

has suffered a technology breakdown that's preventing its millions of subscribers from making requests on its Web site.

The outage also could mean some customers will have to wait longer for their next rental.

Company spokesman Steve Swasey says the trouble knocked out Netflix's Web site beginning at about 7 a.m. PDT Monday. The site remains down at this hour.

The problems also has hobbled some Netflix distribution centers. Swasey says the breakdown means that DVDs that normally would be mailed tonight might not be shipped until tomorrow.

Netflix is based in Los Gatos.