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Netflix planning choose-your-own adventure episode of ‘Black Mirror.’ Will interactive TV gain traction?




This picture taken on September 11, 2014 shows the on-demand internet streaming media provider, Netflix, on a laptop screen.
This picture taken on September 11, 2014 shows the on-demand internet streaming media provider, Netflix, on a laptop screen.
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Fans of the Netflix show ‘Black Mirror’ will have more than just the new season to look forward to this December -- they’ll be asked to actively participate in shaping the narrative of one of its episodes.

That’s because Netflix is planning a choose-your-own adventure style episode in the fifth season of the sci-fi show. And according to Lucas Shaw, who broke this story, a show that reflects on how technology is changing ethics and society may be the perfect medium for this experiment.

Netflix has already tried similar storyline experiments in its children’s content, and is in talks with creating more of this content if the ‘Black Mirror’ episode is a success. And outside of content, we’re already seeing the rise of the interactive model in advertising.

But will television viewers, used to a passive entertainment experience, be on board for an experience that requires decision-making? Is this antithetical to what you want when you’re settling in for a trip into a director’s narrative vision? Or are you excited for this merging of gaming elements with television storytelling?

Guests:

Lucas Shaw, LA-based entertainment business reporter with Bloomberg; he broke this story in his article “Netflix Is Planning a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure ‘Black Mirror’

Andrew Wallenstein, co-Editor-in-Chief of Variety, where his recent piece is “Netflix ‘Black Mirror’ Stunt Reflects Well on Interactive TV’s Future"; he tweets @awallenstein