Thus, making the show interactive ties in perfectly, as viewers can exert their consciousness against the technology portrayed in the show. The plan will kick-off with an upcoming episode of Black Mirror, which will enable viewers to choose which storyline they want to see. Essentially, users will be able to choose what happens to their characters before they inescapably get trapped in some sort of dystopian world. The show began production in the spring of this year, which led to speculation that Season 5 wouldn't premiere until sometime in 2020.
Netflix has been thinking a lot about the future of media and how engaged its viewers will or won't be with its content. Jim Eko, the chief operating officer of Eko which producers interactive shows said: "The time is right for interactive TV to become mainstream experience". The first of these interactive episodes is expected to be included in the fifth season of Charlie Brooker's anthology series Black Mirror, which is rumored to debut this December.
Of all the shows to go the choose-your-own-adventure route first, it makes sense for Black Mirror to give it a shot, giving viewers a chance to decide how a story pans out using Netflix's technology. 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. Earlier this year, HBO released their own interactive program. Stay tuned to your own black mirrors for more info in the coming months. Telltale Games, the company that was working with Netflix on the show, recently laid off most of its staff.
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.