Why simply watch television when you can play television? Probably because you'd just play a video game if you wanted to interact with a story, but sources say Netflix is working on specials that let viewers choose storylines for television shows and movies. Black Mirror fans will reportedly be able to choose their own story paths in an upcoming episode of the popular science fiction series, Black Mirror, as a sort of warm-up.
Bloomberg reported on rumors of Netflix's upcoming experiment earlier today. Sources at Netflix who don't want to be named say another related project involves Minecraft: Story Mode, the only Telltale Games property still staggering around following last month's round of massive layoffs.
For a general idea of what Netflix might have planned for these interactive shows, look no further than its 2017 movie / game, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale. Puss in Book places you in an adventure with Dreamworks' Puss in Boots character and tasks you with helping him successfully reach the end. If you screw up, you're allowed to go back and choose the right option.
Needless to say, Puss in Book is for kids. It'll be interesting to see if adults adopt Netflix's planned "Dial-an-endings" for shows like Black Mirror. Then again, a whole generation grew up dialing into America's Got Talent to vote for outcomes; maybe voting on a plot twist is second nature by this point.