Imagine earning gift cards and discounts for watching your favorite TV shows – True Blood, Pawn Stars, The Bachelorette? Let me introduce you to Viggle.
I’m constantly searching for smartphone apps that actually reward you, and after two days of playing around with Viggle, I’m pretty danged happy.
Viggle rewards you for watching TV like no other app. Other apps give stickers or they make you answer insane questions about commercials that aired on shows you watched two days ago. This one’s easy. You just hold your phone up to the TV to detect what you’re watching, check in, and when the program’s over, you’ve got points in your account!
Since I downloaded it yesterday, I’ve already earned enough points to win two free movie rentals or one game rental from Redbox, and discounts at Totsy, Rent The Runway and the Origin/EA store.
If things continue to go this well, I could soon be earning gift cards to Barnes and Noble, JC Penney, Papa John’s, GAP, Sephora, Old Navy and even a free month of access to Spotify Premium or Hulu Plus.
It’s been available on the iPhone for several months now, but last week Viggle debuted on Android devices.
I downloaded it to my Samsung Galaxy II Skyrocket (AT&T), and it’s worked really well on Wi-Fi and is so-so using the 4G LTE connection. Last night it was a little buggy, and at points I had to restart the application (and even my device), but I was able to get all my checkins.
But it’s important to note that in the app is a “What’s On” tab, which you can click to see shows that will be airing in your area that will get you the most points. The most points are typically available in primetime.
Using the highest-point shows listed by scrolling through the “What’s On” tab, you can set up reminders so you can schedule and be buzzed when you need to tune into the show that is going to give you the bonus points.
You also don’t have to be right next to your television to earn the points. I’ve been rewarded for watching movies on TMC, checking into PBS shows, and watching the news just by going up to the TV, checking in and then going on with my regular life.
For instance, tonight I’m going to check in to The Bachelorette at 7 (100 points), probably come back to my room to do some work until 8, and then check into Pawn Stars (200 points) and American Pickers (250 points)! So I can earn up to 550 points tonight, and that’s JUST from checking into the shows.
After initially writing this review, I discovered some great tips from Viggleboy, and now I’m earning about 2000 points a day! In a short time I’ll be able to get a $25 gift card to Amazon. He puts out a daily schedule of when you should check into shows, and also has a page full of additional tips. I urge you to bookmark his site to maximize your earnings each day!
If you have a real life, you can also watch and earn through On-Demand shows as well as shows recorded over your DVR. You won’t be able to earn the same number of points as you would had you watched it live, you will be rewarded at one point per minute.
You can also earn points by watching commercials, PSAs, and other videos that will pop up as opportunities to earn points. For instance, about every 15-30 minutes I earn five points for playing a Gatorade commercial on my phone. I’ve seen it so many times I just keep it muted now, but those are some easy points nonetheless.
I’ve also occasionally run across commercials that reward 50 to 75 points, and occasionally I’ll have the opportunity to watch a clip that will award me with 150 points.
I started out with 1500 points because I’m a Klout influencer. (Normally you start out with 200 or 300, I believe. But so far — and keep in mind, I haven’t even checked into any primetime shows yet – I’ve got 6,093 points. Take away 1500 of that and you STILL have enough for a free video game rental from Redbox, so as you can see, these points are adding up pretty quickly.
And, of course – you get points for referring friends! You can share your link on your social networks, and for each new friend who signs up, you get 200 points! So join through my referral link and we’re both on our way to winning!
I hope this keeps up. In May I wrote about Jingit, an app that has sorely disappointed me. But even if I just end up with a $10 gift card somewhere, that’s $10 I never had before, right? Right.
So join, see how you like it, get back to me about it! I love feedback on the apps I enourage (and discourage) you to use.
I received bonus points for signing up with Viggle because I’m a Klout influencer. I was under no obligation to write about this app. All opinions are my own, and writing about this will not affect my Klout score. This post contains referral links.