Home brothers Now Available: Netflix Now Has Interactive Storytelling!

Now Available: Netflix Now Has Interactive Storytelling!

by Nellie

Netflix Now Offers Interactive Storytelling!

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What did we do with our lives before Netflix?

I remember when Netflix started and the simple joy and excitement that would fill my belly because the little red envelopes had arrived with the latest and greatest movies and I didn’t have to worry about getting them back in time. Seems like forever ago, but when the streaming service was born I knew i’d be a customer for life.

Netflix is taking streaming to the next level with children’s programming. We were invited to the most adorable children’s bookstore in Brooklyn called Stories Bookshop. The venue was the perfect place to celebrate the release of the brand new interactive feature.

Netflix Interactive Storytelling

How does it work?

New York Times:

Attention, kids: Netflix just put you in charge.

Netflix on Tuesday released a new episode on its streaming service of the animated show “The Adventures of Puss in Boots” with an interactive twist. About a half-dozen times during the episode, viewers — most likely children — will be prompted to choose which plot point the show should follow. Each decision will send the story in a different direction.

At one point, for example, viewers must decide whether Puss will confront nice bears or angry bears. On a touch screen, a press of the finger will do the work; on a television, a remote control will be required.

The first interactive episode, called “Puss in Book,” will last 18 to 39 minutes (depending on which path viewers go down), with viewers being asked to make a decision every two to four minutes.

What makes this awesome is that the kids are no longer just watching the shows, it forces them to think and engage a whole lot more. Plus it gives them more power over how THEY would like to see the story line progress.

Live Demo

We had the opportunity to try out the new features weeks before the release. We had a room full of children try out the interactive storytelling features of Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile. Puss is Book is hysterical, you may remember him as the snarky cat from the Shrek series. The kids were able to tell him exactly what move to make next, which usually ended in hilarity.

The boys LOVED being able to choose what happens next. They were so genuinely intrigued by what happened next, and when they finally agreed to go in the same direction they were happy with the result! The cool part is that there could be so many different scenarios with the same show!

The interactive Storytelling feature is available now! Try it out and let me know what you think!

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What is your favorite kid show on Netflix? What is YOUR favorite show on Netflix? Do you think your kids will use this new feature?

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5 comments

Allie June 26, 2017 - 6:14 am

My boys will absolutely LOVE this and I cannot wait to tell them about it! Thanks so much Nellie!!
But, my favorite part of this? Those shirts!!! YOU TACO TO ME? LOL!!!! Hilarious.

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Janine Huldie June 26, 2017 - 7:09 am

Totally have Netflix here and didn’t realize they were doing this on there with this adorable kids show. So going to have to let my girls try and check it out. Thanks for the heads up, Nellie!! 🙂

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Carly June 26, 2017 - 7:35 am

I had no idea! I can’t wait to try this with my eldest! I loved choose your own adventure books when I was a kid, this is such a clever idea.

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Kita June 26, 2017 - 9:15 pm

I need to watch the one about the food that I saw on my TL. I can’t ever get to netflix because my daughter is the only one that has it on her pad and she hogs it all the time

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Tamara June 27, 2017 - 11:54 pm

My kids will be thrilled. There is nothing Netflix can do wrong, I’m convinced.
Also, I want the shirt your boys have.. for me!

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