Make Money Watching TV: Is Viggle Worth the Effort?

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What is Viggle?

Viggle is an app for iPhone and Android that allows users to watch TV to earn points. To use it, you "check in" on your smart phone while watching something on your television set. The app listens to the audio to determine what channel and show you're watching, and gives you points for that show. You can play games and receive ads on your phone for points. These points can then be redeemed for rewards.

I started using Viggle last summer and wrote about my early experiences with it. With time, I got a little better at maximizing my points and wrote about all my best tips and tricks.

Since then, however, a lot has changed, and I'd like to share those changes with you so you can decide if Viggle is still worthwhile.

Easy Money?

When I first started using Viggle several months ago and started writing about it, I was very clear: It was not a get-rich-quick scheme. One point was worth one-eighteenth of a cent. I was lucky to earn a $5 gift card each week, with my average amount of TV viewing and Viggle use.

Since that time, Viggle has undergone several changes that make reaching that $5 award an even slower process. If you are a brand new or prospective Viggle user, these changes will not be as disappointing to you as they have been to those who have been using it from the beginning. They might still be worth noting, however, as the time-versus-payout balance makes minimum wage look like the lottery.

For the veterans out there, here is a list of notable changes that might help explain why you are suddenly earning a fraction of the rewards you once were.

How Viggle has Changed for the Worse

  1. Awards have gone up in "price," or, point values have decreased. Six months ago, $5 CVS, Starbucks, and other gift cards were 9,000 points (some were as low as 7,000). Now, $5 CVS and Starbucks gift cards have increased in price to 18,500 points. The $25 Best Buy gift card has gone up from 45,000 points, to 62,500, and again to 92,000. There are very few awards under 10,000 points for things like 1 night Redbox rentals and discounts to
  2. Awards are available at limited times and in limited quantities. Viggle offers between two and four gift cards in limited quantities between the hours of 7pm and 10pm (EST). Only one gift card is offered at a time and usually at least an hour passes between each "release." Most are out of stock within five minutes. You can find these gift card "pop ups" by cycling in and out of the rewards page, though not always. If a gift card is released at 7:10pm, you can often find the next gift card at 8:10pm, then at 9:10pm and again at 10:10pm.
  3. Check-in bonuses have decreased in point value. Viggle has changed the bonus point system from a set rate to a multiplication of the points earned per-minute of check-in to a bonus show. See positive Viggle changes below to see how I also consider this a good change.
  4. Fewer points for watching ads and trailers. It seems in the past few weeks, bonus points for watching ads on your phone have all but disappeared. This used to be an easy way to score big points fast, but no more.

How Things Have Gotten Better

  1. New Direct TV connection. If you have Direct TV, you are in for some major point-scoring, especially during football season. Direct TV users (through a series of complicated steps) can earn up to three times the daily points of a regular Viggle user through bonus shows (with higher bonus point values), Direct TV movies, sign up bonuses, and extra points for every single football game on game days.
  2. Infrequent but high-scoring bonuses for commercial check-ins. Every once in a while, Viggle will offer a random 200- to 1000-point bonus for checking into a specific commercial during a show. How do you know when and how to do this? Read the Viggle blog. Check your Viggle emails. Actually watch some of the ads that play on the app itself. Commercial check-ins are advertised on the bonus show carousel. As far as checking in goes, I suggest looking for the commercial on YouTube rather than trying to catch it on TV.
  3. "Viggle Live." This is a trivia game you can play right on the app while watching a show you have checked into. In addition to earning up to 25 points for each correct answer in the trivia, Viggle Live often embeds hidden ads for additional bonus points.
  4. Viggle Football and Viggle Basketball. During the NFL and the NBA, you can check into football and basketball games and play along, virtually, by making predictions before and during the games. These games also often embed hidden ads for additional quick points. I have to admit, it is a fun way to get more involved in live sports. Viggle Football currently allows for up to 12,200 points per game which do not count toward your daily maximum.
  5. New Bonus Points System (as of November 20, 2013). Instead of a set bonus-point rate on bonus shows, Viggle now multiplies bonus show check-in minutes by two, three, or four times. To me, this makes more sense for the purpose of the app. The idea is that users will actually stay checked in to whatever show they are watching. To be honest, it actually has the potential to be less work for more points. I'm not a professional Viggler out to rack up as many points are possible for the day. I like to just be rewarded for what I'm already watching. This new idea also works well for the "set it and forget it" approach to Viggling.
  6. Streak bonuses. Viggle now offers extra points (rewarded much later) for checking into all of a certain show, three out of five episodes, or whatever the streak may be. Direct TV streaks are worth the most (up to 10,000 points) but there are others which offer between 250 and 1,000 bonus points.
  7. Music check-ins. You can now check into songs and get 100 points each for up to 20 songs per day. For the most part, the latest operating system for iOS and Android seem to recognize songs with the most accuracy. A personal note: I cannot get my iPhone 3G to recognize songs at all. You can check into songs from any source: the radio, a CD, Amazon clips, commercials on TV, even Glee while it is airing.
  8. Music Match Bonus: You can now receive 1000 points for every song you purchase on iTunes through the Viggle App if you have previously checked into the song and had the app recognize it.

The Brass Tacks: Is it Worthwhile?

At this point, I think it is important to remember that 600 points = $0.01

So is it worth it?

Well. Maybe. Okay, probably not, unless all you do is sit around watching TV all day. Then, sure, it's worth it. I saw: Do what you were already doing and make a couple of cents on the side. Cents will turn into dollars, and dollars will turn in to a free drink at Starbucks once a month. Not bad.

Part time stay at home side job, though? Definitely not.

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Comments 41 comments

Almack64 3 years ago

Hey thanks for the update, just recently started using viggle and while fun (my guy, trivia, etc ) it, is nothing like it had been described by other older vigglers. now I understand things have changed. I guess I'll focus more on free pizza and coffee rather than kindles and cruises.

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DubstepMaker 3 years ago from Earth

viggle is awesome, love this trivia stuff, thanks for the great hub.

Viggleguy 3 years ago

The app is so buggy. For popular shows you frequently cannot check in. He app frequently cannot recognize network shows. Very frustrating

Melissa 2 years ago

I've never been able to use it. I downloaded it when it first came out and it never loaded. Always keep deleting and redownloading the app and nothing. Useless IMO from my experience.

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clairewait 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Melissa: not sure why you are experiencing this, but I'm wondering if you are running the latest operating system on your phone. The app has a few bugs, but it works. If yours is not working my guess is that the problem is on your end. Sorry. Viggle has an email and a Facebook page, if you cared to pursue it, they are pretty good with trouble shooting these kinds of errors and always fess up when the issue is on their end.

Deborah 2 years ago

Thanks for this post - I've been so confused by the conflicting information I've seen online and now I know why. I just downloaded Viggle with the promotion that DirecTV was running, and after looking at the current rewards, don't see what all the fuss is about. I'm not even seeing Starbucks gift cards anymore, just one for Redbox. Does Viggle change the rewards that are offered periodically? Because if they don't, I may stop before I even really start (even though now with the bonus from DirecTV I've already got nearly 10,000 points).

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clairewait 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

I should add another update. They now do a "featured" reward every day and only release gift cards once a day. You have to be constantly checking the app to get a gift card before they run out. A huge complaint for many. I've been lucky a few times but am currently sitting on tons of points because of this development.

Brian Patton 2 years ago

For the life of me, I don't know why anyone would do this

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clairewait 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

^^Hah! You'd be amazed, Brian. There is an entire group of people (kids maybe? Teenagers?) who basically treat this like a full time job. I have to wonder if any of them consider the price per hour. American sweat shop labor, I guess. :)

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shaymarie 2 years ago from California

I signed up because I work from home and have the TV on while I work anyway - no one says I have to pay attention the whole time, right? :) I wasn't expecting much outside of a gift cards here and there. At the same time, I can't help but wonder if those people that treat this "like a job" are factoring in the energy cost of having a TV all day.

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clairewait 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

There's no way to treat this "like a job." The rewards set up make it so that you really cannot cash out more than about $10 a day (maybe $25 if you are really devoted and have more than one device).

**You don't have to leave your TV on though. Once you check in you are checked in. You can turn the TV off after that. The app isn't listening the entire time.

Kt 2 years ago

I wonder if it is due to things like turning off the tv after checking in and other ways to get points without actually watching shows/ads that is causing these changes? I haven't signed up yet- still looking into things as I just recently heard about Viggle- but have seen videos about ways to "trick" the system. I'm asking out of curiosity, not in a finger-wagging way. :)

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shaymarie 2 years ago from California

I feel you clairewait - I turn my TV off or change the channel while "checked in" without much thought. Based on other articles I've read, I know that there are a lot of people out there that don't know that they can do that - I've read complaints from people that say something like "I've watched hundreds of hours of terrible programs and I can't even get the gift card I want." I'm sure that Viggle is banking on people doing it blindly. I'd also wager there are some teenagers out there that are racking up their parent's energy bills because they think they can make money from the app. 2 years ago

Does this cost anything from my Direct tv?


I STAY HOME 24/7 7 days a week I hate it, but not allowed to go anywhere! SO I watch TV all day long. I really don't understand, do you have to watch what thar want you to? To get points! I quest I'm not understanding all the info about it!! Do you have to also have it on your tv?

That's where I seen it at,was on my dierct tv!I'm very leary about things like this! I'M ALWAYS getting chron


Kimmy,Jones, Fisher 2 years ago

Please help me figure this out since I can't go anywhere I might as well

Be trying to make money &Get myself something for free! Why not I don't get anything any other way! Do you think it will help me as the sll??!

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clairewait 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

I encourage you to read all of my updated hubs on Viggle - there have been several changes since I originally published this hub. It does not cost anything. To connect your Direct TV you need to go to your settings in the Viggle app and input your Direct TV email log in and password and that's it. No charges.

Cassie 2 years ago

Do you know if viggle still has sephora gift cards? I know they're not in stock at the moment but I just started using viggle after a long break and was wondering if they were still available

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clairewait 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

They still pop up from time to time. And they aren't super popular, so when/if you do see it come up in the rewards section, you'd have some time to snag one.

Allison 2 years ago

Does Viggle have some sort of agreement with DirectTV? It's very rare that regular cable subscribers get over 2 or 3 times bonuses for shows, but DTV subscribers get up to 15x bonuses and thousands of streak points to maybe 500 for cable.

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clairewait 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yep. They do.

Nikki 2 years ago

I've not seen a best buy, CVS, Lowes gift card offered in over two months. I'm fathom 25. Is anyone else seeing them? Thanks

Nikki 2 years ago

Also no walmart cards are seen. Is it just me having the low fathom of 25? The only things I've seen is iTunes card and rent a movie. Please advise why?

Jeanette Roberson 2 years ago

just tried to use a gift card from viggle at buffalo wild wings.

so embarrasing they would not accept. don't waste your time

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clairewait 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

^^Not sure about your experience but I have redeemed BWW gift cards from Viggle with no problem. Try using it online. They've always worked for me.

Tori Spelling 2 years ago

I just got a redemption finally from Viggle for a Swiss Army watch. Anyone know how long it takes to get something like that in the mail?

ih8vigglenow! 2 years ago

My Viggle account was around 250k points. There was one time when ads kept popping up and of course I kept clicking them. They kicked me off saying that this was a "violation" of their policies. :P Even though THEY popped up the ads! It was Definitely not me!!!

So my daughter took another device we have and signed up for her own Viggle account. All was fine until last week when it said it needed to update yet there was "insufficient space". After deleting over half of the apps on the device it FINALLY begin updating!

Well guess what? She said " Mom it won't let me sign in". And there it was suddenly having MY name back on it! Even though my account was only on my phone and has not been signed into for over a year!

Oh and her account was nearing 250k points when SHE too was unjustly booted! Yes we of course use the same phone system but her account was her own! She shouldn't be unjustly punished either. And conveniently for Viggle they have no true way that allows fair handling of such grievances.

Oh and

viggle is a SCAM 22 months ago

Don't waste your time. Viggle is a SCAM they make TONS of money off you by marketing and tracking your TV viewing preferences. When you get any significant amount of points they will boot you off stating some false violation of their TOS. They will be vague at best giving any reason why or explanation how you violated their TOS. Read reviews everywhere and believe them. Viggle is a SCAM!

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Kara Skinner 22 months ago from Maine

I just got the Viggle app today and I had already figured that it wasn't going to be that profitable, but I listen to a lot of music and I like free stuff :). A lot of the rewards aren't that appealing to me, so I don't think I'll go out of my way to accumulate Viggle points, but it's good to know more about the apps. It's also good to know to keep my points below 250k.

And, "viggle is a SCAM", it is pretty sleazy to kick someone off for using the site, but it is a given that this is a marketing research app and they encourage you to go to their sponsors. I wouldn't call them a scam about this. After all, they have to make money somehow. It's like the paid online surveys with similar rewards, although I don't think Viggle will make me want to claw my eyes out. Excellent hub!

Brian and josh 22 months ago

We got enough points as of today to get the keurig. We redeemed the points and have the confirmation email and are set to receive it in 1-4 weeks. I don't think it's a scam, my husband worked tirelessly to get this for us and it took him a few months but we didn't get booted or out points unjustly taken. I hate that this has happened to others but obviously there was a reason as we are proof that it can and does work. I'd just like to know when to expect our keurig in the mail. That's where I think theyay take their time and get in no big hurry to ship our reward but we will see I guess.

steve 22 months ago

So if I'm saving my points for merchandise how are they with big things like the kurig machine

Allison 22 months ago

@brian and josh I recently redeemed points for the keurig machine. It arrived about 3 weeks after I ordered it.

Amy 22 months ago

Hi I just joined Viggle about 10 days ago & I've racked up over 93,000 points already! I only joined bc my friend used to get gift cards- does anyone know if they will come back??

Tim 22 months ago

It's very easy to rack up points. Just pay attention to the shows that give you 15x points or at least the 4x/6x shows and I play the viggle football along with my fantasy. Just got my free Fitbit and back up to 190,000 points in just 2 weeks. It's easy to get my free things. Hopefully you all do quit so there is more product for me to get as I accumulate my easy points.

brian 20 months ago

did myguy and viggle live disappear?

Jacob stefanik 20 months ago

I really like this app. In about three short months I was able to cash in for a Dell tablet and a pair of Oakley sunglasses. I hear the ps4 is coming back in June so I'm saving up my points for that. Now it's a pain the butt to grab points some days but during prime time there r so many shows on with the VIGGLE live that I have no problem hitting my 12,000 goal Lickety split. I like the app. Then again any app that just gives me something for free is worth a praise. No complaints here

Comet124 19 months ago

I tried to enter on viggle to win a wii u and I was wondering if I won it do I have to pay for it or do they just send u it bc If I have to pay for it I don't want to get it. It says things are supposed to be FREE but idk anymore. Please respond with any helpful information you have thanks

Josh 19 months ago

Viggle sent me keurig coffee packets I. A ziplock bag. Such a lame company

John 18 months ago

Is the 7pm to 10pm time where they release gift cards in central or eastern standard time?

chtis vanderwende 18 months ago

U covered everything everything is really good

Ashley 16 months ago

i wish there was a up to date page that stated that the winner was chosen .. I won over a year ago and I was notified a month AFTER the day the winner was to be notified O.O I enter contests now with Viggle and have no clue on anything anymore .....

wally cadely 14 months ago

That was great article keep up

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