It may soon be possible for viewers to determine how their favourite TV programmes ends thanks to some new technology that Netflix is reportedly working on.
Viewers will have the option to choose plot decisions at key moments in a series such as Frank Underwood’s next move in House of Cards or whatever you favourite show may be.
This is all possible because directors and producers will record different plots allowing viewers to choose their own ending via their remote control, a source told the Daily Mail.
It seems that some strands of narrative could eventually take the viewer back to the same part of the story therefore allowing them to see how different decisions affect the storyline.
“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,” the source said.
“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.”
The new format will be tested on children’s programmes later in this year and if this proves successful and popular, it will soon be available for more programmes.
Of course, the idea of interactive TV isn’t new as in 2004 BBC Three filmed an interactive episode of One World War. Viewers had to decide what choices Corporal Arthur Foulkes made and this affected how he completed his mission.
The idea worked in a very similar manner to the video game with on-screen buttons appearing with the viewer needing to decide how the story would continue.
Adrian Van Klaveren, who was the BBC’s controller for the First World War centenary shows explained that idea was to help viewers understand “how strategic decisions made in the heat of battle really did mean the difference between life and death.”