Netflix's New Interactive 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' Episode Doesn't Work on Apple TV

The latest episode of popular horror series "Black Mirror" is available on Netflix today, but you're not going to want to watch it on the Apple TV.

"Bandersnatch," the new episode, is an interactive choose-your-own adventure style show where you make the decisions on how the story progresses. As it turns out, the interactive feature does not work on the Apple TV, Chromecast, the Windows App, or browsers using Silverlight.


According to a Netflix support document, its interactive content is limited to smart TVs, streaming media players, game consoles, iOS devices, and Android devices running the latest version of the Netflix app.

Those with Apple devices are going to want to use an iPhone, iPad, or web browser to watch "Bandersnatch" to get the full experience. If you try to watch on the Apple TV, you will see a message that the interactive content can't be displayed, with Netflix recommending that you watch on another device. From Netflix's website:
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is only available on devices that support interactive content. No linear version is available.

If you attempt to watch Black Mirror: Bandersnatch on a device that does not support interactive content, you will be instructed to switch to a supported device.

"Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" is available as of this morning on Netflix. You can make sure you're watching a the episode on a compatible device if you see a red badge in the corner of the display.

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12 months ago

This to me seems like an intentional design and artistic decision considering ‘black mirror’ refers to the reflective surface of a phone screen. So it would only make sense to make it available predominantly on mobile.


That’s a top-shelf-tin-of-beans reach there, buddy.
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12 months ago

Not surprised. Apple TV is dead unless they integrate it into A TV set soon. Google have this sector nailed and it’s the only thing android I have in my house. Originally Brought an Apple TV for Netflix, then when I upgraded to a 4K tv, Id have to buy another, newer, Apple TV. Why would I do that when the TV comes bundled with 4K Netflix through google?

It’s dead as a hardware box.


I mean my TV comes bundled with Netflix and Hulu and stuff too, but it's hot garbage quality. Also, this isn't an inherent flaw with the Apple TV-- the Netflix app just doesn't support it. Apple doesn't write the Netflix app.
Rating: 26 Votes
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12 months ago

Not surprised. Apple TV is dead unless they integrate it into A TV set soon. Google have this sector nailed and it’s the only thing android I have in my house. Originally Brought an Apple TV for Netflix, then when I upgraded to a 4K tv, Id have to buy another, newer, Apple TV. Why would I do that when the TV comes bundled with 4K Netflix through google?

It’s dead as a hardware box.

As someone who own both a 4K tv and an Apple TV 4K the built in apps in the tv are trash and a lot of them don’t actually stream 4K content. It’s also Netflix responsibility to update their app
Rating: 23 Votes
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12 months ago
Bandersnatch? Finally a TV series named after the sound I make when I try to remember this person's name:



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12 months ago

This to me seems like an intentional design and artistic decision considering ‘black mirror’ refers to the reflective surface of a phone screen. So it would only make sense to make it available predominantly on mobile.


Except it’s available on Android TV boxes, most Smart TVs, Roku, PS4, Xbox One, etc.
Rating: 18 Votes
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12 months ago

Not surprised. Apple TV is dead unless they integrate it into A TV set soon. Google have this sector nailed and it’s the only thing android I have in my house. Originally Brought an Apple TV for Netflix, then when I upgraded to a 4K tv, Id have to buy another, newer, Apple TV. Why would I do that when the TV comes bundled with 4K Netflix through google?

It’s dead as a hardware box.


Uh, no?

Having owned every black puck Apple TV, a Nexus Player, and two Nvidia Shields, unless you're slinging games from your GeForce-equipped PC, the Apple TV is the best box there is. As for the built-in menus on TVs, they're turds. Slow, don't deliver 4K (and I'd wager HDR is out of the question as well), and they just have bad GUIs.
Rating: 15 Votes
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12 months ago

‘black mirror’ refers to the reflective surface of a phone screen


I think it's open to interpretation, but I think "black mirror" refers to the reflective surface of any screen. Including television screens. Considering the show started in 2011, a bit before we really knew of the smartphone obsession, I actually think the original meaning was really limited to tv and computer screens, but evolved to include smartphone screens too.
Rating: 10 Votes
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12 months ago

Not surprised. Apple TV is dead unless they integrate it into A TV set soon. Google have this sector nailed and it’s the only thing android I have in my house. Originally Brought an Apple TV for Netflix, then when I upgraded to a 4K tv, Id have to buy another, newer, Apple TV. Why would I do that when the TV comes bundled with 4K Netflix through google?

It’s dead as a hardware box.



Android smart TV’s are total turds with horrible GUI’s, slow GUI’s, and a bovine excrement UX. Let’s not even get started on their insanely invasive data harvesting for ad targeting, non-existent security, and piss-poor support. My work just bought a top-of-the-line Sony Bravia 4K 80” smart TV for the conference room, and it’s the WORST POS I have EVER used! Insanely slow and laggy UI, doesn’t remember custom colour settings whenever you switch HDMI ports, and has frozen twice!

At least LG TV’s use Web OS, which is much nicer than that turd Android, but even those I still don’t trust. If I am ever forced to get a Smart TV because my current non-Smart TV bites the dust, I am NEVER connecting it to the network, and using my Apple TV 4K with it, and NOTHING else.
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His point is the world has moved beyond boxes and these apps are built into the TV. Like he said, if apple wants to push into the market they’re going to have to do platform agnostic with their content. I’d use them if I had an app on my LG, or on my non smart TVs that have a Roku (the legit best box btw). Unless you are an apple devotee why would anyone lock themselves into their content platform?

The world has “moved on” because they’ve been brainwashed by marketing hyperspeak to make people think Smart TV’s are the end-all and be-all of everything they may need, without realizing just how invasive these devices are, harvesting vast amounts of your data and sending that off to third-parties, often without your knowledge and consent, and as with some major OEM’s of these turds, if you do not consent to the data harvesting, the TV will simply refuse to function.

I’ve stopped MANY people from getting one of these monstrosities, or at the very least convinced them NOT to connect it to any home network and use it offline, as it’s safer and less invasive to use them like this, in conjunction with an Apple TV.
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12 months ago

Not surprised. Apple TV is dead unless they integrate it into A TV set soon. Google have this sector nailed and it’s the only thing android I have in my house. Originally Brought an Apple TV for Netflix, then when I upgraded to a 4K tv, Id have to buy another, newer, Apple TV. Why would I do that when the TV comes bundled with 4K Netflix through google?

It’s dead as a hardware box.


Yeah, it's better to have an underpowered and horribly designed "box" integrated with your $1,000+ television that will be obsolete in a few years vs. an advanced, well-designed external box that can be upgraded separately from your TV for ~$100.

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His point is the world has moved beyond boxes and these apps are built into the TV. Like he said, if apple wants to push into the market they’re going to have to do platform agnostic with their content. I’d use them if I had an app on my LG, or on my non smart TVs that have a Roku (the legit best box btw). Unless you are an apple devotee why would anyone lock themselves into their content platform?


The Roku UI is complete trash. Like it's really, really, inarguably bad. The hardware is pretty poor as well. The only thing arguably "best" about Roku is that they have the most services.
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12 months ago

Not surprised. Apple TV is dead unless they integrate it into A TV set soon. Google have this sector nailed and it’s the only thing android I have in my house.


The vast majority of people don’t “upgrade” their TVs every few years. Apple probably doesn’t want to be stuck maintaining its software for very old televisions.

Google - as well as most television manufacturers - doesn’t seem to have a problem choosing to drop support for devices after two or three years.
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