HBO's Interactive TV Show App 'Mosaic' Launches Today for iOS and tvOS

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last month, HBO announced a new project called "Mosaic," a murder-mystery TV show that allows you to interact with and discover branching paths based on characters you choose to follow. This interactive version of Mosaic has now arrived in the form of an app for iOS and tvOS, and in 2018 a traditional, linear version of the story will debut on HBO. HBO will air the plot line that creators Ed Solomon and Steven Soderbergh envision for the series, which viewers can compare with their own versions.

    The free app allows you to choose from various viewing orders, character decisions, and branching information options over the course of a 7.5-hour mini series, which stars Sharon Stone, Garrett Hedlund, Beau Bridges, Paul Reubens, and more. "Mosaic" won't just be a one-off series, with Soderbergh telling TechCrunch that he has made two more "made-for-Mosaic" shows, which will be coming after this first series launches. Soderbergh referred to the app as an "open source format" that will be available to other creatives in the future.

    Soderbergh explained that the outcome of the story doesn't change because of choices you make, but that the app is more focused on what information you have -- or lack -- based on the branches you've taken. On Apple TV and iOS devices, the branching narrative will pop up with options after the end of certain scenes, letting you decide what a character should do next or switch to another plot line completely.


    As you delve more into the mystery, you'll unlock "Discoveries" with extra clips, documents, and secrets that serve as additional pieces of the show's overall puzzle.
    The Mosaic app was developed by PodOp, which was said to have filed 14 patents for the technology behind the interactive storytelling experience. The developer built storyboard management software that assisted Soderbergh and Solomon in planning out and scripting the branching narrative, as well as analytics tools that will help HBO and the creators see how audiences respond to the new format. If you'd prefer to wait for a more traditional experience, HBO's linear cut of the show will be six hours and debut on January 22, 2018.

    You can download Mosaic on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV for free starting today. [Direct Link]

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  2. theheadguy macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2005
    This should be pretty cool. In some way I'm sure this represents the future of "television" entertainment.
  3. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    I don't know. I'll probably give it a try, but usually I just want to sit back and enjoy the show, without "working" for it and constantly being concerned that I could miss something important from the branches that I'm not following. Interactive movies have been tried before and failed.
  4. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    I take it you need a subscription to HBO to watch this?
  5. earthTOmitchel Contributing Editor


    Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    Good question... seems like you don't actually. The app asks you to make an account when you open it, and you can choose a Mosaic-specific log in or use Facebook. I used FB, and afterwards I was in and watching the first video.
  6. benz240 macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2008
    I wish they would just fix the horrible web player
  7. nyctravis macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
  8. Stargher macrumors newbie


    Mar 23, 2016
  9. jrnorman macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2012
    Nor in the U.K. (yet?)
  10. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003

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