All TV-lovers might have just died and gone to heaven: A new app will actually help you get paid for watching the boob tube!
It's called Viggle and here’s how it works: The app listens to your TV, figures out what show you’re watching and checks you in (if you’re a fan of Shazam, you know exactly how this works). If you can’t watch a show live, no worries. You can check in to most DVR’ed programs, too.
You earn two points for every minute of TV you watch, which may not seem like a lot, but there are a ton of ways to earn bonus points.
After watching an hour of TV, checking out a couple movie trailers, a few ads and answering some trivia questions, I had already earned 500 points. And that doesn't include the bonus points you get for tuning in to certain shows.
If you’re browsing a Tuesday night lineup, you might steer your cable box to “Teen Mom 2” for an extra 250 points, or “Glee” for 275 points. Combine these with the 1,500 sign-up bonus and you’re well on your way to a reward in no time!
Speaking of … let’s discuss what we get for doing all of this: Money! Not cold, hard, cash but gift cards, which are pretty much the same in my book.
Earn 7,500 points and you get a $5 gift card to Starbucks or Target; 14,000 points earns you a $10 Old Navy card. You get the idea -- there are several different deals rotating throughout the “Rewards” tab.
If you’re the charitable type, you can turn all those TV-watching hours into good deeds by exchanging your points for donations.
“We’re rewarding you for what you’re already doing,” Jason Reindorp of Viggle tells HLN. “It’s not really good enough to check in just for the sake of checking in … The idea of real rewards to us was really appealing.”
Are you going to earn enough to quit your day job and add “Professional Coach Potato” to your resume? Probably not … but why not get paid a little extra on the side to do what you’re already doing?
The app launched on January 25 and they’ve already dished out 35,000 rewards, according to Viggle.
If you want to give it a try for yourself, you can check out the free download in the iTunes store (available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch). They also expect to roll out an Android version in the next few weeks.