Netflix glitch gives sneak peek to 'House of Cards' fans

Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:59pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Netflix Inc's political thriller "House of Cards" made a brief surprise return on Wednesday after the streaming service accidentally released new episodes of its flagship show two weeks ahead of their scheduled debut.

The third season of the drama starring Kevin Spacey as scheming President Frank Underwood was taken down within 20 minutes of its posting. Netflix blamed the incident on a technical malfunction.

"Due to a technical glitch, some Frank Underwood fans got a sneak peak," Netflix said in a statement. "He'll be back on Netflix on Feb. 27."

News of the release quickly spread on Twitter, where fans said they were diving in to watch the series only to have it taken down. More than 55,000 Tweets about the show were sent in the hour after the new episodes appeared online, Twitter said.

Some viewers were able to keep streaming episodes that they had started watching before the new episodes were pulled.

"This is Washington," said a post on the official "House of Cards" Twitter feed. "There's always a leak."

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Lisa Shumaker, David Gregorio and Cynthia Osterman)

 
Cast member Robin Wright poses at the premiere for the second season of the television series "House of Cards" at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2014. Season 2 premieres on Netflix on February 14.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni