The Black Mirror Season 5 news along with the interactive Netflix news comes to us via Bloomberg. HBO, one of Netflix's fiercest rivals, released its first interactive TV show earlier this year. We can get an idea of how the choose-your-own-adventure model will work though, thanks to the animated kids shows that already have it. The show is famous for exploring the social implications of technology, including an episode where humans jockey to receive higher ratings from their peers.
There's another intriguing tidbit from the report, which claims that one of the episodes will use the interactive possibilities of Netflix to fascinating effect - a choose-your-own-adventure episode, where viewers will be able to make choices on behalf of the characters in the story. No other details about the episode were revealed, though the report did indicate that the story options viewers will be able to select for the Black Mirror episode will be "more complex" than the sort of options in kids' programming. With a show as layered and twisty as Black Mirror, this is sure to be a fascinating experiment.
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.
But is this a good idea?
Former journalist Charlie Brooker created "Black Mirror" in 2011 for the British TV network Channel 4 and oversaw four seasons alongside Annabel Jones. I'd rather the writer and director provide a definitive ending for what I'm watching instead of picking it myself. The hope is to "blend elements of video games with traditional television", and that could certainly appeal to many viewers. 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.