“Whoops, something went wrong.”
That’s the message Netflix Inc. gave subscribers Wednesday after inadvertently posting the third season of “House of Cards” on its streaming service, ahead of the scheduled Feb. 27 debut.
Ten new episodes of the thriller, featuring Kevin Spacey as cutthroat politician Francis Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife, Claire, were available briefly Wednesday from the Netflix website before the company took them down.
“Due to a technical glitch some Underwood fans got a sneak peek,” Cliff Edwards, a Netflix spokesman, said in an e-mail. “He’ll be back on Netflix on Feb 27. #no spoilers.”
“House of Cards” is one of the flagship original shows on Netflix, along with “Orange Is the New Black.” The company’s mix of original series, films and older TV fare have helped the online streaming service attract more than 57 million subscribers worldwide. The leak raises the risk viewers will share plot details on social media.
Some users who started viewing episodes on Wednesday reported they were able to continue. Those who went to the service after the shows were taken down got the following message: “Netflix Streaming Error. This title is not available to watch instantly. Please try another title.”
The crew of the series had their own fun with the glitch.
“This is Washington,” read the show’s official Twitter feed. “There’s always a leak. All 13 episodes will launch February 27.”