I was genuinely so upset about this! The highly, highly anticipated live reunion of the most popular dating show “Love Is Blind” was scheduled. But it did not successfully air on Netflix on Sunday night. They said that because of technical difficulties the live stream got delayed, and viewers who attempted to watch the live stream of the event were met with an error message.
What Happened to Love Is Blind’ Live Reunion?
Despite the live event being scheduled to start at 5 p.m. PT, Love Is Blind’ fans were directed to a web browser error message stating: “We apologize for the interruption. Netflix is having trouble playing. Please check your internet connection and try again.”
Following more than an hour of issues, which occurred during an in-person screening party in Hollywood that was attended by members of the press, social media influencers, and Netflix reality show alumni, Chloe Veitch from ‘Too Hot to Handle’ and ‘Perfect Match’ stepped onto the stage to announce that they would proceed with recording the reunion.
While some viewers were able to watch the live stream of Chloe Veitch announcing the delay and tape recording, many others were unable to do so. A spokesperson for Netflix informed Variety that the special would be made available for viewers to watch later on Sunday night, as some members of the audience were still experiencing difficulties with the live broadcast.
What Did Netflix Say On the Matter?
Nearly 90 minutes after the start of the scheduled broadcast time, Netflix’s Twitter account issued an apology for the mishap.
Netflix’s Love Is Blind reunion was a highly anticipated event that marked the service’s second-ever live broadcast, following the successful airing of the comedy special ‘Chris Rock: Selective Outrage’ on March 4. The latter was streamed without any significant technical issues, and attracted a substantial audience in the days that followed.
However, things didn’t go as planned on April 16, with many frustrated viewers taking to social media to report significant delays. After a brief period, Netflix acknowledged the situation with a post that read: “Love is…late…#LoveIsBlindLIVE will be on in 15 minutes!”
Just moments before informing viewers of a 15-minute delay, Netflix was actively promoting the live “Love Is Blind” reunion with a kickoff time of 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET, hoping to generate excitement for the event.
During the delay, Netflix attempted to maintain interest by sharing another tweet featuring a photo of the controversial cast member, Irina Solomonova, along with the caption ‘promise it’s worth the wait.’
However, the delay caused a social media uproar, with competing networks and streaming services taking jabs at Netflix’s mishap. One post from Bravo’s official Twitter account read, “We would never keep you waiting for a reunion.”
Both the ‘Love Is Blind’ reunion and the Chris Rock special were highly anticipated events for Netflix, as the streaming giant continues to venture into live programming. In 2024, Netflix will be broadcasting the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony live, marking the first major awards show to be broadcast on a streaming platform.
Earlier on that evening, Vanessa Lachey, the host of ‘Love is Blind,’ took to social media to thank fans for their patience. She shared a video of herself and her co-host and husband, Nick Lachey, all set and ready to go live in front of a live audience. Vanessa confirmed that the entire cast was present, and the delay was likely due to technical difficulties, rather than cast members running late.
“Apparently, y’all, everyone broke the internet to see this reunion,” Lachey said in the video. “We are ready to roll.”
However, despite their assurances, the reunion did not proceed as planned.
What happened to the ‘Love Is Blind’ live reunion?
The live reunion of ‘Love Is Blind’ was delayed due to technical difficulties, causing an interruption to the scheduled broadcast time.
Were viewers able to watch the live stream of the reunion?
Some viewers were able to watch the live stream of Chloe Veitch announcing the delay and tape recording, but many others were unable to do so.
What did Netflix say about the situation?
Nearly 90 minutes after the scheduled broadcast time, Netflix’s Twitter account issued an apology for the delay.
Was this the first time Netflix had done a live broadcast?
No, this was the second-ever live broadcast for Netflix. The first was the comedy special ‘Chris Rock: Selective Outrage’ which aired without any significant technical issues.
What was the reaction of viewers on social media?
Viewers expressed frustration and disappointment on social media due to the significant delays.
Did Netflix try to maintain interest during the delay?
Yes, Netflix attempted to maintain interest by sharing another tweet featuring a photo of the controversial cast member, Irina Solomonova, along with the caption ‘promise it’s worth the wait.’
What other live programming ventures is Netflix planning for the future?
Netflix plans to broadcast the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony live in 2024, which will mark the first major awards show to be broadcast on a streaming platform.
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