(UPDATE 1:00 P.M., April 14) MANILA, Philippines — Two websites of broadcast network ABS-CBN were rendered inaccessible on Friday night after what appears to be the expiration of their domain names redirected the URL to a domain registry site. (ABS-CBN statement below)
The two websites — ABS-CBN.com and ABS-CBNNews.com — were redirected to a website that seems to be operated by the registry Network Solutions.
Its official network website is already accessible but the news site was still down as of posting time.
The reasons behind the websites’ brief downtime remain unknown as of the moment.
InterAksyon.com is the online news portal of TV5, a rival broadcasting network of ABS-CBN.
Below is ABS-CBN’s official statement regarding the technical glitch that hit their websites on Friday the 13th:
On Friday late afternoon and while in the process of maintenance of the DNS registry of www.abs-cbnnews.com and www.abs-cbn.com, the name servers for these sites were inadvertently changed to the name server of Network Solutions.
Name servers translate the URL or name of a domain or site to the identity of the specific network and machine resources which would serve the pages of the site.
The result was when a viewer used the URLs to access our sites they were redirected to a Network Solutions page.
When the error was detected, it was immediately corrected.
The error, however, was cached or temporarily stored in some caching name servers of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Hence, it also took time for the correction to be propagated.
All the affected sites are already accessible in the Philippines and abroad while a few ISPs still need to have their caches renewed so their subscribers can again access our sites.
Our domain names have not expired. These were renewed March this year and the expiration date is in 2017.