Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Netflix to let viewers choose endings of shows like 'Black Mirror'

Netflix to let viewers choose endings of shows like 'Black Mirror'

Also, according to Netflix's page on interactive content, "Android devices running Android 6.11 or later also support interactive content, but now only have Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout available as an interactive title".

Black Mirror is one of the most experimental and interesting shows on TV and it could be about to blow our minds in a whole new way.

Soon you'll allegedly be able to choose whether an episode of Black Mirror has a bleak ending or an even bleaker ending.

Netflix has played around with interactive storytelling in animated kids shows, such as the streamer's Puss in Boots where the viewer can choose whether the feline fights a god or a tree, for example. While details are scarce, the report cites that Black Mirror Season 5 will feature - in a technology experiment apropos to the series - a choose-your-own-adventure style episode, allowing audiences to interact with the course of likely-freaky events unfolding onscreen. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone - a Black Mirror reflection. It seems that Black Mirror will be the guinea pig for the new addition to the service, and then more titles are expected to come out later next year.

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But is this a good idea? Ultimately, though this is a gimmick I don't think I can get behind. As Netflix expands around the world, it's looking for new ways to lure customers. The choose-your-own-adventure dynamic that inspired this kind of interactive TV stems back to a genre of youth-aimed short novels that was popular in the 1970s and 1980s, which gave readers the ability to choose the course of the story amongst multiple options.

Minecraft: Story Mode is another upcoming show that will implement interactive elements.

"This is very different for Netflix".

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