UPDATE: We are aiming to put together a list of devices that do and don’t work with the new Black Mirror film – please let us know if you have had any success!
Devices that CAN watch “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”
- Android app
- iPad app
- iPhone app
- LG Smart TV (Web OS) – recent models
- Netflix website
- PlayStation 3
- PlayStation 4
- ROKU streaming stick
- Samsung Smart TV (Newer models)
- SkyQ Box
- Sony Bravia Android TV
- Toshiba Smart TV
- Xbox 360
- Xbox One
Devices that CAN NOT watch “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”
- Amazon FireStick
- Apple TV
- BT YouView box
- Google Chromecast
- LG Smart TV (Older models – pre 2015?)
- Samsung Smart TV (Older models – pre 2015?)
- Virgin TiVo
If your device shows the red icon with a white star then it is compatible with the interactive film.
“Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” has just arrived on Netflix and is an immersive, interactive film with multiple decisions to be made by the viewer every 3-5 minutes. These decisions plant ‘memories’ in the film and lead to various different storylines with, ultimately, various endings available. Wired has a great article that goes into detail about the planning and creation as well as the technical aspects of how the film works. It’s quite a long read but also has a lot of information about Bandersnatch – check it out here: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/bandersnatch-black-mirror-episode-explained
One key point to take from that article could affect your ability to watch it though. Due to the technical limitations of Apple TV and Google Chromecast the film will not be viewable on those two devices. Netflix are, however, certain that the vast majority of users will be able to watch the film.
There are 250 segments of the film that can be arranged in multiple ways via multiple decisions – many of which that will loop back into other segments like a huge web – so there are plenty of variations to watch and retry. That should kill some time while we wait for a Black Mirror Season 5 release date.
The interactive film revolves around a game called Bandersnatch – which was actually a real game for the Spectrum 48k. However, the game was never released… Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think.
In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he adapts a dark fantasy novel into a video game. A mind-bending tale with multiple endings.