Recently, being sick of the doom and gloom that can sometimes (most of the time?) engulf tech news, especially in this day and age of wikileaks and malware and “Fake News” -OH MY, I wanted to take some time talking about a fun and whimsical story of how technology will soon be changing the way we experience TV and maybe even movies.
This nugget of happiness comes courtesy of Netflix. I assume many of you subscribe to Netflix, or at the very least understand what it is and how it works.
The excellent idea Netflix has will hopefully be rolling out across the world soon.
Basically, do you remember those “Choose Your Own adventure books” that were big some decades back? You know the ones where at key points in the plot you could choose to either “Attack the pirates and steal their booty (Go to page 95)” or “Offer to join the gang of pirates for the next big pirate job (Go to page 108)”? If your answer is yes, then you’ve no doubt started to get the drift of where this story is going.
Soon, whether you like happy endings and noble characters, or brutal stories filled with villains and anti-heroes, you could soon be able to decide what type of story you get.
Netflix, the company behind hit shows such as The Crown and House Of Cards, 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 I mentioned earlier that many of you grew up with.
Another example related to Netflix shows, viewers might decide whether an inmate in the prison drama Orange Is The New Black joins a gang or not.
The technology could also potentially be used to allow Princess Margaret to marry Peter Townsend in The Crown, instead of having her relationship with the divorcee blocked by the Establishment. Other story lines will be much more complex, allowing viewers to connect plot points in a variety of ways using their TV remotes.
“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.” a source said.
Actors would film numerous alternate plot segment in advance, letting viewers choose which route to take through the story.
For my money this is the coolest idea in the history of TV. Period.