We've had (very short) periods of downtime these days where Next Episode was unavailable.
Turns out - during peak hours, the server just couldn't handle the traffic. Investigating further, I discovered that a significant chunk of the load comes from RSS feeds and iCal subscriptions. Most of those belonging to people who just added the feed to their RSS reader or Google Calendar and forgot about it.
I'll work on optimizing the site and will upgrade the server, as to ensure continuous stability and snappiness, but I've also decided to move some of the RSS feeds and the iCal Export to the premium membership.
If you're already a premium member - nothing will change for you, the iCal and RSS feeds will keep working as they were. If you're not - please consider supporting the site and becoming premium.