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‘House of Cards’ season 3 briefly launches on Netflix

Fans’ revelry is short-lived as technical glitch is quickly resolved

A screenshot of Netflix when season 3 of “House of Cards” went online for about 20 minutes.Andrew Ba Tran/ Globe Staff

Netflix giveth. Netflix taketh away.

The third season of the Netflix series “House of Cards” appeared on the streaming service for about 20 minutes Wednesday afternoon, more than two weeks before its scheduled launch date of Feb. 27.

News of the drop of the upcoming season — which includes 13 new episodes — traveled quickly on Twitter, as fans rejoiced in its arrival. At least one fan tweeted about starting to watch the first episode before the season was quickly taken offline.

“Due to a technical glitch some Frank Underwood fans got a sneak peak,” said a spokesperson for Netflix in an e-mail. “He’ll be back on Netflix on Feb. 27.”


But for its Twitter fans — who are well-acquainted with the strategic tactics of Frank and Claire Underwood — “House of Cards" had this message:

Catherine Cloutier can be reached at catherine.cloutier@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @cmcloutier.