- Netflix release Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, an interactive movie where viewers can influence the narrative.
- Select devices can’t play this movie which includes Apple TV as well as Chromecast.
- To watch the movie, you will need the updated version of the Netflix app on your Android or iOS device. It can also play on smart TVs, web browsers, and game counsels.
We reach a new height in media & entertainment with the new interactive movie Bandersnatch. For those of you who are not in the know, Bandersnatch is the latest installment in the Black Mirror series – a sci-fi thriller anthology written by Charlie Brooker. You will have the opportunity to interact with the movie and impact the narrative to take a different turn. This is surely some exciting news for Netflix users, but sadly the movie won’t ‘play’ on every device.
If you head on over to Bandersnatch’s Netflix page, you will find that the movie is “only available on devices that support interactive content.” This excludes a bunch of mainstream devices, the most noteworthy being Apple TV. Apart from this, Chromecast, Android devices running Android 6.18 or lower, and people on the Windows 10 Netflix app, are all barred from accessing the movie.
You see, Bandersnatch was created using Twine which is an open-source platform mainly used for making narrative-heavy games. Hence to render content developed with Twine, users will need some high-tech specs which all the above-mentioned devices lack.
But on the flip side, if you own newer specs including smart TVs, game consoles, web browsers, or simply latest versions of Android or iOS, then you should be able to watch the interactive film without an issue. But do remember to update the Netflix app, as outdated versions of the app will also be unable to play the content.
So as you can see, people are not actually deprived of watching the new film as it is available on most easily accessible devices. You do own an updated Android or iOS device, right? However, Netflix, being a multi-platform streaming service has found itself in a tricky situation by publishing content which is discriminative of hardware.