Bandersnatch cannot be played on Apple TV or Chromecast

adminDecember 29, 2018

Black mirror, Bandersnatch

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The new Black mirror installments, Bandersnatch, are out now and have all talked.

As an interactive drama, it uses Netflix's medium to let viewers choose their own adventure by making decisions for the protagonist of Stefan (Fionn Whitehead).

But because of the interactive nature it means that not all devices that carry the streaming service can actually play Bandersnatch.

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Black mirror, Bandersnatch

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As mentioned on the Netflix website, you can't play it on Chromecasts, Windows App, Apple TV and browsers using Silverlight. Apps should also be updated, or at least not very outdated.

The reason for this is a technical device: Netflix usually throws upcoming scenes (have you ever noticed that the internet drops out, but what you are looking at, a bit?) But with this multifunction story, the service has to cache two separate scenes from a list to play seamlessly after your choice is made.

Pre-caching two different tracks is something that older versions of the app can't do, while technical reasons also affect the playback on these devices too – although Netflix's vice president of product Todd Yellin told Variety that he is not concerned that this is a problem.

"Almost every Netflix household has a device that can play Bandersnatch," he said.

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Netflix has experimented with interactive content before, usually with children's IP addresses as Plush boots and Stretch Armstrong. Devices that do not support the interactive features can play linear (non-interactive) versions of these stories, but that is not the case with Black mirror, as Netflix notes, "no linear version is available".

Try looking at a Chromecast, for example, and you're told to look at something else, along with a "sorry" message with scenes and characters from earlier Black mirror episodes, according to Newsweek.

Black Mirror, Bandersnatch, Fionn Whitehead

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Meanwhile, the show's co-creator Charlie Brooker shows that when Netflix released an interactive version Black mirror, who ended up having over a trillion outcomes, he basically said he wouldn't do it.

Black mirror: Bandersnatch is now available on Netflix.

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