Report: Netflix to offer “choose-your-own-adventure” TV series

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Enlarge / Black Mirror is one of the Netflix shows reportedly getting the branching narrative treatment soon.

Over the past decade or so, Netflix has become a market leader in delivering linear TV and movie narratives via Internet streaming. Now, Bloomberg reports the company is on the verge of greatly expanding its effort to let viewers directly guide those narratives via choose-your-own-adventure style interactive prompts.

Netflix has already experimented with interactive choices in a few animated shows aimed at children, but Bloomberg reports it is now ready to expand the idea into adult-focused, live-action programming. The first of a series of such interactive specials will launch before the end of the year, Bloomberg reports, and the effort will include at least one episode of the popular sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror.

Two of the interactive projects currently in negotiations are based on existing video game properties, the report suggests. That seems to include the previously announced Minecraft: Story Mode, which was largely completed with the help of Telltale before that company's massive layoffs last month. Netflix has frequently said it is not interested in getting directly into the video game business, however.

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