Netflix Reportedly Launching Choose Your Own Adventure Option For Shows

A forthcoming installment of "Black Mirror" will take advantage of the feature.
Jesse Plemmons and other cast members in the "Black Mirror" installment "USS Callister."
Jesse Plemmons and other cast members in the "Black Mirror" installment "USS Callister."

You’ve heard of Netflix and chill; now it’s time to Netflix and choose your own adventure.

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.

An episode of the award-winning “Black Mirror” will feature “live-action interactive programming” in the show’s fifth season, which is expected to debut sometime in December, Bloomberg says. The anthology drama is an easy fit, as each installment explores the dark side of technological inventions.

Representatives for Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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 make choices in episodes using their TV remote or video game controller.

“We are putting viewers in the driver’s seat,” Netflix’s director of product innovation, Carla Engelbrecht Fisher, told Variety last year.

“This is very different for Netflix. 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.

Applying the same structure to its adult content is more challenging, given the greater complexity of scenarios, but Netflix reportedly plans to debut these specials by the end of the year.

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