Netflix is getting deeper into the interactive television medium -allowing viewers to make decisions that affect the outcome of the programs - with a slate of specials, which are expected to be launched before the year's end, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Interactive TV is slowly beginning to become feasible and more mainstream, as HBO released its own interactive show, Mosaic, that was directed by Steven Soderbergh and was later released as a standalone app. 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. The fifth season of Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker's bleak-but-brilliant anthology series, has been in production this year - and it sounds like it could arrive before the end of 2018 is nigh.
Black Mirror is one of the most interesting TV shows in recent memory. "Not only did the company have to tweak some of its back-end technology to integrate interactive content into its catalog, Netflix and its studio partners also had to figure out how to best tell these kinds of stories", she added. Using the feature in a high-profile show like Black Mirror shows that the streaming service is serious about exploring it as a storytelling option. How that isn't a video game isn't clear, so we'll have to wait and see what's going on there. However, if you're not living in fear of those things, then Netflix's foray into interactive television will be considered yet another prospective bellwether multimedia offering that's set to blow your mind. As Netflix expands around the world, it's looking for new ways to lure customers.
The "Black Mirror" episode is the first of several experiments with live-action interactive programming for Netflix, and the first interactive show designed for adult viewers.
Two of the projects are adaptations of video games, though Netflix has no plans to start releasing video games - contrary to recent reports.