Pusher & OtherScreen

Pioneering the second-screen experience

With the help of Pusher, OtherScreen has created the most immersive companion app experience for live TV.

OtherScreen turns watching TV into a game.

Imagine watching the Broncos play the Patriots in football. With OtherScreen, a question pops up on your smartphone asking "Will Tom Brady's next pass attempt be: A. Complete, or B. Incomplete." OtherScreen’s given you a reason to engage more deeply in the event. We can also measure that engagement.

What if you're watching The Bachelor cuddled up with your sweetheart and a question pops up: "Will the bachelor say the word "Love" before the next ad break? A. Yes, or B. No". Now you don't even have to like The Bachelor to be interested in what's about to happen!

OtherScreen creates and measures greater user engagement with television.

What functionality is powered by Pusher?

At OtherScreen we use Pusher to power our real-time functionality.

Our DJs watch the show along with our audience and they push questions and polls to your device or browser at exactly the right moment during the show. Pusher allows OtherScreen to deliver that content reliably at high speed.

We use Pusher to push questions, scoring events and chat messages. Our users can enhance their experience by creating private chat rooms to talk with friends and those leverage unique Pusher channels as well. Pusher gives us the flexibility to push data to all or just a subset of our users with ease

How has Pusher made development easier and/or increased the engagement of your users?

Pusher’s done two big things for OtherScreen.

First, Pusher let us prototype faster. Two of the co-founders of OtherScreen were having lunch one afternoon when Chris began telling Andrew about an idea he had for making TV more engaging by pushing companion content to the other screen that everyone has with them. Thanks to Pusher, we had a rough prototype 24 hours later. Pusher has been a joy to work with from prototype to production on multiple client platforms.

Second, Pusher has abstracted our team from the challenge of staying current on the interface between WebSockets and the various clients our users employ. Using Pusher has allowed us to steer clear of the bleeding that comes with using cutting-edge technology, while providing a flawless quality of service to our users. We just wake up every day expecting Pusher to deliver our messages to browsers, apps and clients reliably and at high speed. So far, we haven’t been disappointed.

OtherScreen is all about driving and measuring engagement. Speed helps drive engagement. Pusher delivers speed and reliability for OtherScreen.

Using Pusher has allowed us to steer clear of the bleeding that comes with using cutting-edge technology, while providing a flawless quality of service to our users.

OtherScreen uses Pusher for...

  • iOS and Web communcations
  • Chatrooms
  • Live polls
  • Up-to-date score data