Netflix lets viewers have control with first interactive show

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"Puss in Boots" is available now, while a second interactive episode for the series "Buddy Thunderstruck" arrives on July 14. Unfortunately, the Netflix choose your own adventure show doesn't work on the desktop website, Android devices, Apple TV or Chromecast.

While there's no current plan to bring this format to live-action shows, Netflix is all about giving creators the chance to tell stories however they see fit - if that means a choose-your-own adventure House of Cards spinoff, so be it.

Right now, Netflix is focusing on the interactive capability for children's shows.

Another show, Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout, is now in the works. And with something like 7,365 times more viewing choices than what many of us had when we were kids, one might think that putting your son or daughter in front of the TV (or iPad, or whatever screen you happen to have around your home) would be the ultimate answer to keeping your child entertained. Choose by touching the screen on a mobile device or pressing the corresponding arrow on a smart TV remote and voila - you just influenced the story.

Netflix interactive is now available on smart TV platforms and streaming, as well as iOS devices.

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The shortest path through the story makes an 18 minute-long episode, while the longest route through the options creates a 39 minute-long experience.

"We've done extensive research and talked to lots of kids and parents, collecting qualitative data to better understand if this is something viewers will like", they said in a statement. On July 14, "Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile" will premiere, while "Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout" is now in development and will arrive sometime next year.

The new interactive style is yet another way Netflix is pushing ahead its Internet-first mentality, finding ways to differentiate itself from other streaming platforms, especially in the wake of its competitive new cancellation flow.

Unfortunately, there's no word yet on whether Netflix is considering adding interactive features to its adult content.

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