Are You Ready for Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Black Mirror?

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Is this the future of interactive TV, or just an ill-advised gimmick?

The company has already experimented with the feature for various kids' programs, including "Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale" and "Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile", which gives viewers 10 to 15 seconds to select make choices in episodes using their TV remote or video game controller. 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. More on the Black Mirror choose your own adventure episode below.

We are, as always, looking very forward to the next season of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror, and today brings an interesting update on the show's next batch of episodes: according to Bloomberg, one of them will be a Choose Your Own Adventure-style thing.

The caveat to the Netflix news is that, while nearly all smartphones work with this type of content, only certain TVs and streaming players are compatible with Netflix's interactive adventures - Chromecast and Apple TV do not, for example.

So it's only right that Black Mirror is going to be involved in Netflix's brand new idea, where the individual viewer will ultimately decide how the episode ends.

A year ago we learned Netflix was in the midst of testing out a choose-your-own-adventure format. Black Mirror's next season is expected to arrive in December, but Netflix has yet to nail down a specific release date.

But is this a good idea?

Two of the projects are adaptations of video games, though Netflix has no plans to start releasing video games - contrary to recent reports. Early this year, HBO released the Steven Soderbergh series Mosaic, which launched with an app that added an interactive element to follow different story threads.

No details on the cast, directors, or episodes for Season 5 have been released yet, but fingers crossed we hear something soon.

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