Netflix is Working on a “Choose Your Own Adventure” Technology

Are other networks just not paying attention to Netflix or do they not have the manpower to innovate like these guys are doing right now?  Just in case you haven’t noticed, Netflix is not only taking over television and movies, it’s beginning to take over all of media, and that even includes the technology with which we consume our media.   Here’s something incredible that the Daily Mail just reported.

Whether you love happy endings or a harsh blast of reality in TV dramas, you could soon be able to decide what you get. Netflix, the TV-streaming company is working on ways to give viewers control of key plot decisions. Some of the storylines will be simple and linear, like the Choose Your Own Adventure books many grew up with. For example, viewers might decide whether an inmate in the prison drama Orange Is The New Black joins a gang or not.

A source said: ‘We’re doing work on branch narratives so you are actually making choices as you watch. All the content will be there, and then people will have to get through it in different ways. ‘We’ll see how it plays out. It’s an experiment. We’ll see if it gets much success. For creators, it’s new territory.’ Actors would film numerous alternate plot segment in advance, letting viewers choose which route to take through the story.

Netflix will run a trial with choose-your-own-adventure shows for children later this year, based on an established character.

I’m speechless.  Just when you think that Netflix has done it again, they’ve done it again.  I hope I don’t look like an idiot 10 years from now calling Netflix the next Facebook or Google but the things they are doing now in the media sure don’t sound idiotic at the moment.  Anyone else reminded of the electronic comic book scene from Big while reading this?  I was.   Unfortunately I couldn’t find a clip otherwise I’d have shared it.

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