Have a fancy new Apple TV? Too bad. Same goes for Chromecast.
It's good to start a new year with a fresh slate. With 12 months of possibility ahead of you.
Also it's good to start with a new Black Mirror feature on Netflix. And that's exactly what we've got with
Here's the gist, from Netflix itself:
In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he adapts a sprawling fantasy novel into a video game and soon faces a mind-mangling challenge.
Fair enough. That's certainly not out of the scope of what we'd expect from Black Mirror.
But — and this is a pretty big but — there's a decent chance you won't be able to partake in the interactive bit.
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If you try to watch Bandersnatch on an unsupported device, you'll be greeted by an overly cheery montage of characters apologizing. That doesn't really make up for anything, but it's better than a static warning, I guess.
The good news is that you'll be able to watch just fine on
It's early days yet for interactive content on Netflix. Here's what's currently available:
- Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, available now.
- Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, available now.
- Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout, available now.
- Minecraft: Story Mode, available now.
- Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, available now.
More interactive content is on the way, Netflix says. Save for Minecraft and Bandersnatch, non-supported devices will be able to show linear versions of the programs instead.
Here's the full fine print
Interactive content is available on many newer devices, including smart TVs, streaming media players, game consoles, and iOS devices running the latest version of the Netflix app.
Chromecasts, the Windows App, browsers using Silverlight and Apple TVs do not support interactive content at this time.
Sometimes a device update is needed to ensure your TV has the newest Netflix app. If you're not sure how to update the system software on your TV, you can check your owner's manual or contact the manufacturer. Please note that an update does not guarantee that your TV will be compatible with interactive content.
For steps on updating the application on an iOS device, see How do I update the Netflix app on my iPhone, iPad or iPod touch?
Playback on Android is only supported with Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout (Android 6.11 or later) and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Android 6.19 or later).