Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Black Mirror Season 5 May Include an 'Interactive' Episode

Black Mirror Season 5 May Include an 'Interactive' Episode

But so far, the two-decade-old company has done little to change the way shows are conceived or produced.

In December 2017, Netflix released a handful of episodes of choose-your-own-adventure animated programs designed for children. Apparently, Netflix plans to create one more project with the choose-your-own-adventure feature incorporated into it, so there will be at least one more movie or show with the concept.

This new type of narrative can complicate the production, and dealmaking.

Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who loves Black Mirror and just watched San Junipero and is still recovering from that experience. Season 4 premiered at the very end of past year, on December 29th, which means that Season 5 could follow suit. With the exception of the title, they bear little resemblance to each other, making this move from Netflix a flawless one, as it won't taint the franchise as a whole.

According to Bloomberg, season five will premiere in December 2018, and the interactive episode will only be the beginning of several projects so that the viewer can interact with the series.

Netflix is a good avenue through which to explore how well interactive TV can work for consumers. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the longer version of "Mosaic" was available in a separate app. The interactive format proved to be a big hit with kids.

That could soon change, said Jim Spare, the chief operating officer of Eko, a company that produces interactive shows.

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.

Netflix has been thinking a lot about the future of media and how engaged its viewers will or won't be with its content.

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