Netflix Error 10008

If you experience the error code 10008, often accompanied by the following message:

A problem occurred while playing this item. Please try again, or select a different item.

It typically points to a network connectivity issue that is preventing your device from reaching the Netflix service. Follow the troubleshooting steps for your device below to resolve the issue.

Apple TV 4 or Apple TV 4K

Restart your Apple TV

  1. Unplug your Apple TV and the TV it's connected to from power for at least 2 minutes.

  2. Plug both devices back in.

  3. Turn both devices back on.

  4. Try Netflix again.

Sign out of Netflix

  1. From inside of the Netflix app, press the Menu button Apple TV menu button on the remote.

  2. Select Settings.

  3. Select Sign Out.

  4. Sign back in and try Netflix again.

Restart your home network

For this step, make sure to leave your streaming media player and all of your home network equipment unplugged as a group for 30 seconds before plugging each device back in one by one.

  1. Turn off or unplug your streaming media player.
    Turn your streaming player off, wait 10 seconds, then power back on.

  2. Unplug your modem (and your wireless router, if it's a separate device) from power for 30 seconds.

  3. Plug in your modem and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on. If your router is separate from your modem, plug it in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn your streaming media player back on and try Netflix again.

Improve your Wi-Fi signal

If you're connecting over Wi-Fi and the above steps didn't help, follow these suggestions:

  • Move your router to a new location to improve signal strength. You'll usually see better reception throughout your home if the router is in a central location.

  • Move wireless devices such as cordless phones or microwave ovens away from your router. Wireless interference from these devices can create issues when you try to connect over Wi-Fi.

  • Elevate your router off the floor. A router on top of a bookshelf or desk will give you better reception than a router placed behind or under furniture.

Connect your streaming media player directly to your modem

If you're connecting through a wireless router that's connected to your modem and still can't connect after restarting your network, try bypassing the router. This will help identify what's causing the problem by eliminating the router or wireless connectivity problems as a possible cause.

  1. Turn off your streaming media player.
    Turn your streaming player off, wait 10 seconds, then power back on.

  2. Plug your streaming media player directly into your modem using an Ethernet cable.

  3. Unplug your modem from power for at least 30 seconds, then plug it back in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn on your streaming media player and try Netflix again.

If this step gets you streaming again:

  • If you've bypassed your router and successfully connected to Netflix directly through your modem, it's likely that the router itself is the source of the problem.

  • Bypassing the router will allow you to stream for now, but if this configuration isn't a perfect solution, you may want to contact whoever set up your home network for help resetting or re-configuring your router settings.

If you're still not able to stream:

  • If you're connected directly to your modem and still can't stream Netflix, you may want to check with your equipment provider to make sure your modem and internet service are functioning as intended.​

If you were unable to complete this step:

  • We strongly recommend attempting to connect your streaming media player directly to your modem if you can -- it will allow you to absolutely rule out your wireless router as the cause of any network connection issues. However, if there's no way for you to directly connect your device to your modem, continue troubleshooting below.

Restore your default connection settings

If you've modified your streaming device to use custom connection settings, restore your internet provider's default settings and try Netflix again. Custom connection settings might include:

  • If you are connecting with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or proxy service, disable it and connect directly with your home internet.

  • If you have changed your streaming device to a custom DNS setting, try resetting the device to acquire DNS automatically.

If you need assistance changing these connection settings on your streaming device, please reach out to the device's manufacturer.

What should I do next?

If you have completed the troubleshooting steps above but are still not able to stream, we recommend reaching out to your internet service provider. This issue is often caused by an ISP configuration issue that they can help you troubleshoot.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Check the date and time on your Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod touch

If the date and time of your device is significantly different from the current date and time, you will have a problem playing your video.

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen.

  2. Tap General.

  3. Tap Date & Time.

    • If the date and time are incorrect, tap either the date or time to adjust them, or simply toggle the Set Automatically field to On.

Test your internet connection

You can test your device's connection to the internet by attempting to visit a webpage, such as netflix.com.

If Safari says it cannot open the page because your device is not connected to the internet, you may be experiencing a connectivity issue that will require troubleshooting your home network or your device's connection to the internet. See Apple's support site for more help.

Once you're connected to the internet, try Netflix again.

Try a different network

If possible, connect your iOS device to a different network to rule out home network configuration problems as the cause of your issue. To choose a different wireless network:

  1. Press the Home button on your device.

  2. Select Settings.

  3. Select Wi-Fi.

  4. Select a different network and connect to it.

    • If you are unable to use a different internet connection, contact your internet service provider for further assistance.

  5. Once you are connected, try Netflix again.

If using a different internet connection didn't resolve your issue, continue to the next set of troubleshooting steps.

If using a different internet connection did resolve your issue, but the new connection isn't your preferred network, we recommend contacting your internet service provider for further assistance.

Restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Press and hold the side button and one of the volume buttons at the same time until the sliders appear, then drag the top slider to turn your device completely off.

    • If the sliders do not appear, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears, then drag the slider.

  2. After 10 seconds, press the Sleep/Wake button to turn your device back on.

  3. Once your device powers on, try Netflix again.

Restart your home network

For this step, make sure to leave your device and all of your home network equipment powered off and unplugged as a group for 30 seconds before plugging each device back in one by one.

  1. Turn off your mobile device.

  2. Unplug your modem (and your wireless router, if it's a separate device) from power for 30 seconds.

  3. Plug in your modem and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on. If your router is separate from your modem, plug it in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn your device back on and try Netflix again.

Improve your Wi-Fi signal

If you're connecting over Wi-Fi and the above steps didn't help, follow these suggestions:

  • Move your router to a new location to improve signal strength. You'll usually see better reception throughout your home if the router is in a central location.

  • Move wireless devices such as cordless phones or microwave ovens away from your router. Wireless interference from these devices can create issues when you try to connect over Wi-Fi.

  • Elevate your router off the floor. A router on top of a bookshelf or desk will give you better reception than a router placed behind or under furniture.

Try a different internet connection

If possible, connect your mobile device to a different internet access point to rule out any potential home network configuration problems. Some examples:

  • Attempt to connect to a different Wi-Fi network in range of your device.

  • Bring your device to a neighbor's or friend's house and attempt to stream.

  • If you have the ability to access a cellular data network on your device, try using it to connect to Netflix. While we generally don't advise streaming over a data network as a fix, it's a good way to see if a home network configuration issue is what's keeping you from streaming reliably.

If you're able to stream using a different internet connection, we recommend checking with whoever set up your home network to resolve any potential issues with the way the network is configured.

Restore your default connection settings

If you've modified your streaming device to use custom connection settings, restore your internet provider's default settings and try Netflix again. Custom connection settings might include:

  • If you are connecting with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or proxy service, disable it and connect directly with your home internet.

  • If you have changed your streaming device to a custom DNS setting, try resetting the device to acquire DNS automatically.

If you need assistance changing these connection settings on your streaming device, please reach out to the device's manufacturer.

What should I do next?

If you have completed the troubleshooting steps above but are still not able to stream, we recommend reaching out to your internet service provider. This issue is often caused by an ISP configuration issue that they can help you troubleshoot.