Interactive television sounds like a good idea, until you come to a show like BoJack Horseman. According to Bloomberg, the next lot of episodes will be hitting Netflix this December - perhaps in a similar move to Season 4, which dropped in full on 29 December past year. However, based on the wording of the piece, it may be that the actual branching stories may be few and far between, as it states that users will be able to choose how the show ends, more specifically. Bloomberg says Netflix is negotiating for rights to develop more, but those plans have yet to be finalised.
Netflix has been teasing interactive choose-your-own-adventure style content, such as with the upcoming Minecraft series. The show is famous for exploring the social implications of technology, including an episode where humans jockey to receive higher ratings from their peers. At the very least, it's not like Black Mirror needs a gimmick to stay popular, so I'm curious to see what the show does with it.
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Netflix has been experimenting with choose your adventure forms of storytelling for some time now. Maybe we're living in a Black Mirror episode even as we speak, and this entire thing is just an elaborate ruse to collect data on the kind of people who'd willfully attempt to punish fictional characters inside a TV show. As Netflix expands around the world, it's looking for new ways to lure customers. Two of the projects are adaptations of video games.
The streaming service is reportedly adding an interactive element to a crop of new specials that will allow the viewer to influence the outcome of certain storylines, anonymous sources at the company told Bloomberg. Netflix's approach seems much different, and much more direct, though.
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That's mildly interesting in and of itself, we guess, but perhaps far moreso when used in conjunction with Black Mirror, a series that has always been known for its bleak, often horrifying endings.
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