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To Predict and Serve… Psych with Miso!

29 Feb

Your favorite pretend psychic is back! USA and Miso are teaming up again to bring more to all the Psych-Os out there. Tune in during the supersized mid-season premiere of Psych on Wednesday, February 29 at 10/9c on USA and show off your detective instincts with a Miso SideShow.

Make predictions on the case, display your “psychic” abilities, and share your favorite Gus nicknames with other fans! And be sure to come back each week for another SideShow for Psych on Miso for iPhone.

Are the spirits telling you something? Unlock these heightened badges!

SideShow Playbook: Do’s and Don’ts!

28 Feb

Welcome back to the SideShow Playbook, aspiring Producers! In our previous installment, we shared with you the five fundamental types of content for a successful SideShow, but there’s still lots to cover. In today’s edition of the Playbook, the topic is

Do’s and Don’ts: Tips to delight and mistakes to avoid!

Don’t hold back – Share insider information!

The most resoundingly praised SideShows are full of production info, background context, and behind-the-scenes knowledge. When fans watch an episode of one of their favorite television series, they have an insatiable thirst for details surrounding their show. As such, we can’t emphasize this enough: these “directors’ cut” SideShows can be as rewarding as DVD bonus features, so don’t skimp on all the nitty gritty!

Don’t be shy – Leave some personality on the page!

Whether you’re making a SideShow consisting entirely of facts or entirely of snark, there’s no substitute for charisma. It’s far more fun to talk about TV like you’re in the same living room as your viewers, than as an encyclopedia entry. And if your fellow fans feel similarly about the characters and their actions, you have a chance to match their complex emotions with your card with personality – a very rewarding experience!

Don’t settle – Take the time to find the right moment.

SideShows are designed to be synced with the show, so make sure content appears when it should! The window for card relevance is within five seconds – any later and you’ve missed the beat!

Don’t botch the quotemake sure to get it right!

Using a quote card to capture your favorite moments is a great idea – it’s a fun and easy way for viewers to broadcast their love for the show. But imagine seeing a quote card that jumbles the sharp line you just heard on your TV – it totally defeats the purpose! It’s a more common mistake than you would think, so be sure to get the quote correct!

Don’t stray too far with your links – keep it relevant!

SideShows are great for sharing relevant information and links, but don’t go overboard! Remember that your audience is watching a show, so don’t forget to ask yourself “would I click this link?” before you include it.

Don’t repeat images – keep your SideShow fresh with a good variety!

It’s often difficult to find the perfect image for your SideShow card, because you have to match the show’s precise tone in an image. Sometimes it seems appropriate to skip the search and use the same image twice – but what are the odds that it is the perfect image for two moments? There are times when it works, but as a general rule, repeat images feel lazy and are a negative experience for the viewer.

Ready to create your own SideShow channel? Sign-up here to get started!

White Collar Superfans: Characters Welcome

28 Feb

The season finale of White Collar is going out with an even bigger bang! For the first time ever, four superfans, Mary, Shannon, Chie and Joshua, will be partnering with Miso & USA to be a part of the official White Collar SideShow. They’ve chosen their all-time favorite White Collar scenes, and will be sharing them with other fans!

What makes you a Character?

Mary: My friends often say I’m like a walking encyclopedia or iPhone as I can usually tell the best places for Happy Hour or general information, trivia about things, or recall our conversations from years past.
Chie: I am a character with many hats – a mom, wife, daughter, sister and a friend.
Shannon: I’m organized and for some reason I have a crush on a certain ex-con….and it’s not Neal….(shout out to Mozzie!)

Joshua: My quirky sense of humor and I always have a smile on my face

Don’t forget to grab a front seat to all the action with Peter, Neal, Mozzie and the rest of the gang on Tuesday, February 28th at 10pm E/P with the White Collar SideShow on Miso for iPhone and relive your favorite moments of the show with your fellow fans!

Lights, Camera, Action! Celebrate the 84th Academy Awards with Hyundai and Miso!

24 Feb

It’s Hollywood’s time to shine with the 84th Academy Awards! Take part in the Hyundai and Miso viewing party as we cover the glitzy red carpet event, nominations, big Oscar wins and more!

With Moneyball, The Help, and The Tree of Life as this year’s biggest contenders, who will come home with the most Oscars? What movie will take Best Picture? Will rookie Rooney Mara’s performance for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo win over veteran Meryl Streep for Best Actress? Discuss and share your opinions during the live and interactive Hyundai SideShow for Hollywood’s biggest night!

Be sure to tune in to the SideShow from your iPhone before and during the live event to get the latest updates, buzz and commentaries for the Academy Awards this Sunday, February 26 at 4pm PT/ 7pm ET on ABC!