Even though Netflix is one of the biggest streaming platforms in the world, the service can still experience frustrating technical gremlins from time to time that can ruin any good binge-watching session.

Recently, Netflix fans have been reporting an issue where their viewing session would be interrupted by a black screen.

The infuriating issue has led to many subscribers taking to social media to voice their concerns but hopefully, we can help provide you with a fix.

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Netflix’s black screen issue

In September 2021, Netflix fans began to complain en masse of an issue where the screen would simply turn black while watching their favourite show.

According to comments on social media, the issue appears to be striking towards the end of episodes.

However, the black screen glitch seems to strike differently for different users, with some reporting that the sound keeps playing while others claim that the app just stops working altogether.

When responding to fans on Twitter, the Netflix Help account revealed that an investigation into the issue is currently being carried out.

Potential fixes

As ever in the world of technology, there are a number of fixes that users can attempt in order to get Netflix working again properly.

When responding to fans on Twitter, the Netflix Help account recommended checking for updates on Apple devices and that if that didn’t work, uninstalling and reinstalling the Netflix app.

The reason why Apple devices may be faring worse is that Apple are in the process of launching new iOS 15 software and the Netflix app may not have updated.

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If the above steps don’t work, Saintlad has a list of potential solutions that may help to get Netflix working again.

Their first suggestion is to check Netflix’s status page to see if there is an issue with Netflix itself and if the streaming service has gone down.

If Netflix is working fine, then it could be an issue with your internet speed. Netflix requires a minimum of 1.5mbs to work and if you’re having internet issues it could be causing an issue.

Other potential fixes include trying a different device or internet browser as that could be where the issue lies.

Or if that still doesn’t fix the issue, clearing your browsing cache on your internet browser, turning off any VPNs you may be using or checking for viruses may be other viable solutions.

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