reviewed Viggle once before, but it's changed quite a bit since its initial launch.

Due to increased popularity, Viggle executives decided to make some not-so-pleasant changes. It is still possible to earn free things just by watching TV with the App available on iOS and Android devices.

Here’s how it works and some of the bigger changes:


How it works

Now: Viggle allows viewers to check in to the shows they watch on TV through audio recognition software. Through the app, click on the home screen and it will pick up the audio of the show. After a few seconds, it should recognize the show, and you confirm your check-in. If you're having audio technical difficulties, it will allow you to manually search for shows 60 min. or less after three attempts at picking up audio.

Before: In order to do a manual check-in, you only had to have a failed audio check-in twice. You also could manually check in to any show, not only ones that are 60 min. or less.

Earn points

Once checked in, Viggle awards one point for every minute of TV you watch. There also is a carousel of featured shows every night that awards bonus points. Bonus points range from 50 points up to 200 points or more!

Many nights, one or more shows will have a Viggle Live event, which allows users to answer trivia questions for more points. Usually, each correct answer is worth 25 points, and incorrect answers are worth 5 points. During special events like awards shows or major sporting events, there also will be prediction questions worth up to 100 points.

During the day, users also can browse the app looking for ads that may be worth points. Ads can range from anywhere to 5 points to 100 points.

Viggle also occasionally offers TV Genius trivia throughout the day where users can answer general TV questions for 5-10 points.

The Viggle Offer Wall allows users to participate in sponsor offers to get more points. Many are paid offers, but there are some with free trials where you still get the points even after canceling the trial.

Before: When it first launched, Viggle offered two points for every minute of TV watched. Bonus points for featured shows also have dropped–they used to be upward of 500 points each. Also, KCL's prior article reported some trivia questions being worth as much as 2,000 points, which is no longer the case. Finally, the TV Genius trivia and Offer Wall both are new within the past month or so.

Get free stuff

After earning points, you can browse the rewards catalog to redeem for free stuff. Popular rewards are Best Buy and Amazon gift cards, which cost 62,500 points and are worth $25. Other rewards include Starbucks, CVS, Old Navy, Sephora, Foot Locker, iTunes and more. Gift card values start at $5, which cost 10,000 points.

If you don't want gift cards, you can save up the big points for items like a Kindle Fire, iPod Touch, MacBook Pro and even a cruise!

Those point values may sound like a lot, but you can earn up to 6,000 points a day, and they rack up quickly. (For example, I've been using the app for about three months now and have earned $125 in Best Buy gift cards, as well as numerous smaller cards to places like Starbucks and Foot Locker.)

Before: Rewards used to start as low as 4,000 points for a $5 gift card.

This has been a guest post by Larissa from Mechanicsburg, PA
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