The UX of @netflix@twitter.com’ interactive movie “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” – a thread…

1. There‘s no linear version to play on unsupported devices, although @netflix@twitter.com support documents on interactive content claim that there should be.

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2. The Apple TV 4, which is used as the main streaming device, (hooked up to surround sound and projector), suddenly becomes unusable.

3. Mid 2017 MacBook Pro Retina with USB-C-to-HDMI-adapter requires using Safari and the Intel ME secure video path to allow for 1080p-playback. This results in flicker and stutter every time UI elements (choosing interactive options) are shown on top of video.

4. Adding a hacky extension to Firefox allows for 1080p-playback on unsupported browsers while bypassing Intel ME. Multi-channel-audio seems to just magically work, but OS X struggles with 24p-playback and sometimes just resets (?) the HDMI-connection, cutting audio and video.

5. I’m now wondering how to solve this problem with money but there aren’t any resources on set-top boxes officially supporting interactive content.
Should I just buy a Playstation 4 to watch Bandersnatch and return it afterwards? 🙄 w/ @netflix@twitter.com @NetflixDE@twitter.com @Apple@twitter.com @amazonDE@twitter.com @Sony@twitter.com

6. After the PS4 was delivered (twitter.com/mrpelz/status/1082), I was able to watch “Bandersnatch” – and while I think it was over too fast, even after exploring all the options and paths, it was a fun experience.

7. Sidenote: the Netflix-PS4-app doesn’t do framerate switching, so a 24p-title will be shown on the TV/projector at 60fps, unless (and I think that happened in my case) it is able to perform a thing called reverse-telecine.

8. PS4 is gone, it did an okay job with playing “Bandersnatch” but aside from that I think Sony does not do a good job in making this device approachable to “noobs”.

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