Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services of all time. The service is available globally and has hundreds of thousands of TV shows and movies across multiple genres for its subscribers to enjoy.
That said, just like everything else tech, Netflix also runs into random bugs and glitches from time to time. In this article, we’re talking about what the HTTP-998 error means on Netflix, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem.
What is HTTP-998?
The HTTP-998 error usually points to connectivity issues on your end when accessing Netflix. You could be experiencing low bandwidth or speed, or your ISP might have an issue at their end. Regardless, inconsistent network connectivity is the root cause of the issue.
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How to fix HTTP-998?
Here are six fixes you can try out.
Restart your router
Power cycling your network equipment is the fix to more issues than you can think. More often than not, connectivity issues can be caused by an underlying bug in your router and can be fixed by rebooting.
Try a wired connection
If you’re trying to stream over WiFi and getting HTTP-998 errors, try connecting via ethernet to see if it’s your WiFi connection at fault or if your network is down. If you can’t access Netflix even after connecting to ethernet, there’s a good chance that your ISP is experiencing issues and you should reach out to them for support.
Sometimes, a glitch in your browser can also trigger this error. If the problem happens in your usual browser, try accessing Netlfix using another browser to see if the issue is with your browser or Netflix itself.
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Clear browser data
Corrupt files in your cache or otherwise can cause the error as well. Clear them out to see if you can get Netflix to work.
Step 1: Type in chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in your browser’s address bar and hit Enter.
Step 2: Select the cache and cookies options and ensure the Time range is set to All time. Click on the Clear now button to clear out all the data.
Now try reaccessing the service; the error should be resolved.
Another possible cause for the issue could be that you’re using a VPN. Many streaming services are geo-restricted due to content copyright issues, and using a VPN can cause problems with their functionality and content availability causing the error.
Contact Netflix support
If all else fails, your best bet in the situation is to reach out to Netflix Customer Support and let them investigate and fix the issue for you.
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