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Published on December 28th, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner


Black Mirror’s “Bandersnatch” episode is not viewable on Apple TV

Netflix released today the latest episode of its popular British horror anthology Black Mirror. The episode, titled “Bandersnatch,” is special in that it plays out like an old Choose Your Own Adventure book, allowing viewers to make decisions at critical moments to determine how the episode moves along. Unfortunately, it only works if viewers chose the right device, and Apple TV is not amongst them.

A Netflix support document covered this morning by MacRumors reveals that the episode’s interactive content is not compatible with Apple TV, Chromecast, the Windows App, or browsers using Silverlight. And because the episode can’t unfold without audience participation, viewers on those devices are forced to watch it another way.

In their explanation on why some devices are not supported, Netflix simply stated:

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is only available on devices that support interactive content. No linear version is available.

Apple TV could surely support the interactive content if Netflix were to make it available for tvOS. There’s little on the iPhone that couldn’t be handled via the Siri Remote or the iPhone’s Siri Remote app. And it’s certainly more functional than the remote smart TVs, which are supported. Our request for further explanation was not immediately returned by Netflix. We will update this article when we hear back. In the meantime, Apple TV users can view the episode via the aforementioned smart TVs, streaming media players, game consoles, iOS devices, and Android devices running the latest version of the Netflix app.

Created by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror examines contemporary, controversial topics through a sci-fi lens, focusing on modern technologies and unanticipated effects they can have on individuals and society. Like a lot of quality sci-fi, the serves as a warning of where we’re at with technology and, worse, where we could be heading. The show debuted on British television channel Channel 4 in December 2011, and was purchased by Netflix in September of 2015.

Black Mirror is available now on Netflix.

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has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. In addition to his work with BEST Apple TV, Kirk currently contributes to Mac Gamer HQ and Pure Nintendo. He lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.

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