Netflix's next Black Mirror may let you choose your preferred dystopian horror
One Black Mirror episode will have branching storylines that let you pick the plot, according to a report.
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Black Mirror may be Netflix's first grown-up show to get the choose-your-own-adventure treatment.
There are plans for one episode to have an interactive, branching plot when the new season premieres, according to a report Monday by Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Season 5 of the sci-fi show is expected in December.
The company introduced interactive episodes last year with children's specials, like a story about the Dreamworks' character Puss in Boots. The program let a kid pick whether Puss, for example, fights with a god or a tree, by choosing with a TV remote control or by tapping on a device's screen. It made Netflix one of the largest media companies to test the waters of interactive TV, a format that has held promise for years as television migrated to internet-based streaming but nevertheless remains niche.
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Among Netflix's main competitors, HBO beat the streaming giant to prestige interactive television last year with Mosaic, an interactive murder mystery by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.
Beyond Black Mirror, Netflix is working on a wider slate of TV shows and movies that let viewers pick the storylines they want to follow, according to Bloomberg, with the first set to arrive this year.