Just as it says in the title, today we’ll be talking about another way you can earn rewards by watching TV through a service called Viggle.
So, What Exactly Is Viggle?
Self-described as a “loyalty program,” Viggle is a service that allows users to register and receive points towards rewards in return for watching TV.
The rewards can come in a variety of forms, whether they are discounts, gift cards, or merchandise.
If you’ve ever heard of Google Analytics, this is really the same kind of idea: you let them run their app in the background on your phone, collecting information, and they’ll cut you a little in the way of rewards to make it worth your while.
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You should know that while the this free TV app was once Apple-only, it is now available on Android as well.
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How Does the Whole Thing Work?
Viggle is a way to earn passive income for doing what is probably the easiest task in the world: watching TV.
The registration process is always the same, they only ask for some very basic info about you and, of course, an email address.
You might be wondering how exactly Viggle verifies that you are watching TV.
Well, the process is pretty interesting: you simply perform a ‘check-in’ for any show that is currently on. It has to be on at the moment, so recorded programs won’t do. It has to be something you’re watching in real-time. You hit the check-in button and put your device up to the TV so that it can recognize the show by the audio, a lot like using the popular Shazaam app.
How Are the Earnings?
I’ll come right out on it– the earnings you get from Viggle are going to be pretty small.
It’s a point-redemption system. You can 1 point for 1 minute of watch time. A half hour show nets you 30 points, an hour long show nets 60, and so on.
You only get the amount of points that you were there for, so checking in halfway through a show won’t do for the full 30 points.
The exchange rate is about 1¢ per 20 points.
Yes, that means that per half-hour program you watch, you’re only earning about a penny!
For some of us, that doesn’t add up to enough earnings. Well, for most of us, actually. But if you work out a system where you are checking into programs all day while working on other stuff, then even the smallest of income can add up to something bigger.
Before we move on, let’s crunch some numbers really quickly…
20 points = 1¢, so it takes 2000 points to get $1.
If you were to check in to a show every hour of the day, you could make 1440 points in a day. So roughly speaking, you could earn an extra 5 bucks a week. And 5 x 52 is $260. Meaning you could earn an extra $260 per year for doing something you already do, watching TV.
Now, for most of us it would be unrealistic to think that we could check in to a show every hour of the day. But even if you were only to check in for 8 hours after work, you could make 480 points in a day.
Hopefully these numbers give you a little bit of insight about whether you think this is a worthwhile app for your time. And if you think you like the idea of rewards for watching TV, you’ll probably love my post about getting paid to watch movies.
But it is important to note that there is a way to earn more points for your time than just through the standard route. Viggle features various shows to be worth bonus points. The bonus points are expressed as multipliers, so you’ll be earning the bonus points in terms of 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, or even 10x the normal rate.
There might be shows with 2-4x multipliers on at any time of day, but the 5x multiplier is reserved for special primetime shows, like The Voice.
Sometimes you can get lucky and catch something like a Sunday night football game running at a 6x multiplier– not only are these types of programs long, they offer a solid reward the whole time!
At a 6x multiplier for 3 hours, you’d earn the normal 180 points for the 3 hour watch time, as well as 1080 bonus points due to the multiplier. That’s a lot better than the standard rate, isn’t it?
A Tip for Earning More Points
There are few odds and ends that are good tricks for maximizing the amount of points you earn.
One example of this would be that a show only requires you to check in at the beginning. A show becomes “unchecked” either once it ends or you check into something else. Use this to your advantage by checking into a long show right before you go to sleep.
You can also earn small amounts of points by clicking around on the app, and sometimes Viggle offers deals through their partners, so check around the app and the website if you want to maximize these opportunities.
What Kind of Rewards Viggle Offers?
There are too many to list, but some of the places through which Viggle offers rewards are retailers like Best Buy, CVS, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble.
The chances are that if you shop there, they will offer you gift cards for it.
You can also redeem your points for Movies & TV shows.
Users report that Viggle offers a quick and painless redemption process, simply request the reward and you’ll be emailed a gift card code in a matter of minutes.
If you are diligent about it, it is easy to use Viggle on a daily basis and rack up some small rewards.
Just look into what their bonus programs are for the day when you wake up and have your coffee– that’s all the time it will take to figure out what shows you absolutely need to check into.
Earning points for Viggle with no multiplier leaves the experience pretty unfulfilling, so it is definitely recommended to make sure you catch the bonuses when they’re around.
It won’t be big money, certainly not, but it might just be the easiest money you make all week. Viggle is available on iOS, Android, and even Windows phones.