Does Viggle Really Work?

Does Viggle work?The concept behind Viggle is that it’s an accessory to watching TV, allowing you to potentially earn rewards by checking into various shows and programs. Sounds great to be rewarded for something you’re already doing, but how does it really work?

Most of the time watching TV is portrayed as an unproductive activity, which is why it’s earned the nickname Boob Tube and Idiot Box. But what if you could actually make TV work for you, rather than just be a source of entertainment, information, and a time to veg out? That’s the concept behind Viggle, so of course lots of people have tried it out. The feedback on the current version of the app has been promising, but like always there are several people voicing their opinion that it doesn’t quite work out the way it is advertised to.

The Claim
The main claim made by Viggle is that you can make TV more rewarding by simply checking in to the shows that you watch and earning points just for watching them. They showcase prizes like t-shirts, gift cards to places like Lowe’s and CVS, and cruise trips aboard Royal Caribbean. Of course each prize has a different point value, so it’s much like standing at the counter of Chuck E. Cheese with a handful of tickets and seeing the big prizes having a value that would require you to spend a lot of tokens. In this case the larger prizes are going to require some mad television watching over a long period of time.

The Hype
This is a free app for Android and iPhones, so it doesn’t take much for users to download and try it. What is impressive is that they’ve gotten enough users to make it a success, as least for the short term. There are thousands and thousands of apps that never get even a few hundred users, so they’ve figured out how to attract and retain enough of a fan base so that people are talking about it and creating a buzz around it.

The Cost
The app is free to download and use, although you will be signing up as a member of Viggle, which is where they are building the value in their app and service, and how they hope to win over sponsors to make their money. When you consider that Facebook is free to use, but makes the owners billions, it’s easy to see that gathering the television viewing habits of millions of users would be a huge money-making endeavor and is what they are banking on with this app.

The Commitment
There is a bit of commitment involved here, because you have to remember to check into shows as you’re watching them, or it won’t work out too well for you. They say you can discover new shows to watch, which could make it a bit addicting, adding to the number of hours you spend watching TV or at least thinking about what to watch and when to watch it.

It only makes sense that a loyalty program would find its way to the TV. We already get “rewarded” at places all over town with loyalty cards to coffee shops, and discount club cards at grocery stores, pharmacies and more. Many people have keychains full of scanable cards so that they can get the best prices on what they’re buying. The whole time retailers are using the data the cards provide on shopping habits and purchase decisions. The same concept is at play here, although taken to a different level because you’re actually supposed to be able to earn real stuff by simply watching TV.

Most of us don’t think twice about downloading free apps, installing them, signing up, and using them. They’ve made the process so quick and easy that before you know it you’re up and running and you blow by the terms and conditions without a passing glance. But you really should consider what you’re exchanging for these free points and potential rewards. Until now the networks only had the Neilsen ratings to try to help determine which shows were popular and which were flops. With the data on all the “Vigglers” they can more accurately determine how the majority of people are reacting to a program.

Final Viggle Review

Viggle is getting the Solid Try rating from us, based on the fact that it’s free to download and sign up. If you don’t mind giving them information on what you watch, and when you watch it, as well as demographic information, it’s a way to make watching TV more fun, and could potentially lead to earning some gifts along the way. It’s not as if the gifts are going to be life-changing, and it may seem silly to try to go for prizes like a cruise, but getting a free gift card once in a while for watching TV shows you already watch would make it worth using.

Our Recommendation
If you set out to use this to try to get tons of prizes, you’ll probably be disappointed. But if you simply use it as a fun accessory to give you more information on the shows you watch, and see what others are saying about those shows, and just take whatever points that accumulate as you’re doing so as an added bonus, you’ll likely have a good time and say that it is a useful app.

What do you think? Does Viggle work or not?

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Delia March 30, 2013 at 9:16 am

I could care less about giving out information on what I watch. By logging into my gmail and facebook accounts, I know that they know a lot more than what I watch, so it’s really harmless compared to all the personal information that is being freely distributed to all the corporations. I might as well get something for free while I waste my time watching tv :P


Erica April 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I don’t use this app to get more information or to communicate with other people that watch the same things I like. I press a button, it listens to my TV, and I get points. I never save more than 20,000 points because by the time I reach 12,500, I get the $10 Starbucks GC. I’ve gotten 4 so far since I started, last summer. It’s not a quick thing, but it’s definitely fun to get free things just for watching TV :).


Cindy June 24, 2013 at 12:17 am

I’ve been using this app for two years now and if you are just starting Viggle today, I’d have to advise you not to even bother. Reward prices increase, often, without notice. Earning opportunities are less every day; and most of the time, when there are bonus points to be had, the app is down. Don’t bother with it. It was worth trying in 2012. It is now all but dead.


Allison July 29, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Let me see if I can get this straight: I can be a couch potato, watching television all day, and can actually earn little prizes here and there by simply checking into a show? Well that’s certainly the first I have ever heard of this! The only problem I have with this concept is that I spend enough time on the television already. I certainly don’t need incentive to be spending even more time sitting on the couch! And from the reviews it sounds like you can watch and watch but the prizes are rarely big enough to make it really great.


BERNICE KELLER May 12, 2014 at 11:34 pm

I just saw this on Chanel 6 Barbra Walter 6:30 news How to make real money the show even showed a woman who said they she made enough money to remodel her kitchen. Nowhere on here do I see how you earn money just points this I don’t understand.Another one said they made 30 thousand dollars in one year,this I don’t under stand.


Kathy December 23, 2014 at 4:54 pm

I absolutely LOVE Viggle! Now it is only profitable for those that are TV lovers. And if you’re gonna sit and watch TV, why not get paid for it? It takes a while to accumulate the points you want for certain prizes, but I’ve been a member for 1 year and have gotten at least 4 iTunes $10 gift cards, a $25 gift card for Sephora, a Jillian Michaels workout DVD and a Hamilton Beach 8 piece blender. I am now saving points for an iPod touch. But you not only get points for watching TV, you can get points for listening to music as well. Every song you listen to is 100 points, with a max of 20 songs per day, so just by doing that you can earn 730,000 points in a year, which is enough for a Keurig, iPod, Soda Stream, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Dell Tablet and when they have sales, even a 32″ TV. So I think it’s worth it. But then again, I can sit and watch TV for hours.


Programmer #A-5 January 31, 2015 at 7:53 am

Used Viggle for a week. It couldn’t recognize a single show or song I watched/listened to. Why? My best guess is that it doesn’t want to me watch on Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Crackle, CrunchyRoll, DailyMotion, Vimeo, iTunes, etc.

Sorry, but I don’t watch appointment TV anymore because the shows suck, too many commercials, and it’s at times I’m playing video games or getting some. I also own many LaserDiscs, VCDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays, so Viggle isn’t worth it. Maybe if they changed it to recognize what I am watching…


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