Netflix considering interactive films and TV shows

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

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.

Streaming giant Netflix Inc will now allow users to choose how a TV episode or movie will end as it pushes further into Interactive TV, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

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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. With a show as layered and twisty as Black Mirror, this is sure to be a fascinating experiment. After watching one version, the viewer can go back and choose the alternate scenario. Now we have our first news of what that will involve, because an upcoming episode of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror will let viewers choose what happens.

As of now, it's still unclear exactly how complex the experience will be and how many decisions the viewer will be able to make.

Among Netflix's main competitors, HBO beat the streaming giant to prestige interactive television past year with Mosaic, an interactive murder mystery by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.

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Despite a few outliers, Netflix's interactive adventures are nearly universally compatible with modern smart devices, and now only needs some universally appealing content to entice potential viewers.

It also states that Netflix is planning to develop two popular video games. This is Black Mirror, after all, and it isn't known for its positive outlook on the future of humanity's relationship with technology. How that isn't a video game isn't clear, so we'll have to wait and see what's going on there.

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