With the amount of time I spend watching Netflix, I’d be a millionaire if I could get paid to watch TV.
You may watch TV it simply to unwind and vegetate after a long day, or perhaps you’re simply obsessed with the latest reality TV show.
Whatever your level of consumption is, watching TV does take up time that you could be using to make money instead.
What if there was a way to make extra money while watching TV?
Well there is!
In fact, I found 7 different ways that offer great potential for doing little to nothing except watching the box!
How to Get Paid to Watch TV
I’ve rounded up the 7 best ways you can get paid to watch TV.
Just remember that this is about the easiest possible job there is. Don’t expect to get rich sitting on your butt.
1. Watch TV on Swagbucks: $5.00 Bonus
Swagbucks is an online service that will give you points for doing a wide variety of activities, including watching videos on their online TV channel.
Swagbucks can also be used online or you can download their app.
They have one of the most fair points system online and an incredibly wide range of rewards.
For example, you only need 500 Swagbucks in order to cash out for a $5 Amazon gift card.
There is a wide variety of programs to watch, enough keep most people interested and you can get rewards fairly quickly.
And if you get bored with the TV, you can also play games, browse the internet, answer surveys and shop to earn Swagbucks points.
Best of all, you can earn $5.00 immediately just by creating your free account now!
2. Join Nielsen: Easiest Way to Make Money
You’ve probably heard of Nielsen before. They’re the market research company that assigns ratings to TV shows to determine just how popular a show is.
Nielsen pays its users for sharing this data with them and they are always looking for new people to bring on board.
All you need to do is download their app and they will pay you $50 per year. Nielsen will keep track of what you watch. It’s non-invasive and runs quietly in the background.
Nielsen also hosts giveaways each month and you will automatically be entered to win $10,000 each month.
Could you imagine?
Ten grand just to watch TV. Sign me up.
3. Become a TV Critic
Becoming a TV critic may have be a dream job for you if you’re a TV fan: I mean what’s better than being able to watch TV and tell your opinion to the world!
Actually getting a job as a critic isn’t that easy. The skill set needed is quite basic: a good grasp of the written language, an eye for detail, and good memory (or note taking ability!) and the ability to see subtle cues that directors may add into their shows.
The hard part is actually getting hired! Competition for available critic jobs is fierce, especially if you’re trying to break into the job market.
The best advice here is to do it anyway! The internet has empowered many people to get the experience they need or make their own business in their ideal niche without having to jump through job application hoops.
Set up your own YouTube channel and spread your thoughts far and wide with social media and you never know what will happen! At worst you will watch a lot of TV and learn some things.
4. Use the Viggle App
Viggle is an app based system (for iPhones and Android phones) that allows you to earn points and get paid to watch TV programs.
Once you are watching you “check in” with the app and it detects what program you are watching, kind of like a Shazam for TV.
It works with a long list of national broadcasters in the US, but currently not with local networks.
You get 1 point per minute of the show watched, though some shows offer bonus multipliers for each minute.
Those multipliers may well come in handy, because the downside of Viggle is that the rewards system is somewhat expensive.
In order to purchase a copy of The Revenant e-book (normally about $10 on Amazon), you would need to spend, 199,800 points. That’s 3330 hours of TV watching at the basic points level.
Some books and music are even more expensive!
Still, for clicking a couple of buttons as you settle down to watch your favorite shows, you can at least get something back in return.
5. Become a Netflix Tagger
This for me is the holiest of “watching TV to make money” systems. IT’s also the rarest.
The basic idea behind tagging is that you sit and watch Netflix media (in your pajamas, in bed, of course!) and to tag each one with one or more keywords, such as “drama” or “sci-fi”.
You get paid for this!
The downside is you actually need to get employed by Netflix, and this job type comes up quite rarely, so keep your eyes on the Netflix Job Board.
You may also want to check out the jobs listing for other online streaming companies like Hulu, HBO, Sling.TV etc.
6. Make Money Watching Videos on YouTube
With the amount of time I spend on YouTube, it would be nice to get paid for my efforts.
Unfortunately, the reality is YouTube is a free service and therefore YOU are the product being bought and sold.
Sure there are sites like Paid2YouTube that will pay you to watch YouTube videos. But they dictate what you watch and you are going to make almost nothing for your time.
They might not be funny cat videos, but they will be much more worthwhile.
7. Become a Care.com Companion
This is a more unique approach to getting paid to watch TV, but it works.
Care.com has listings for companion care for senior citizens. Some people are just looking for companions to sit with them during the day and watch TV.
While this job may have more duties than just TV watching, it’s fulfilling work that can lead to more opportunity down the road.
Browse the companion care section and create an account to get started.
The Bottom Line
Pairing up your love of TV and making money is not going to be easy, but it is possible to make a few extra bucks each month.
I’ve found you should combine a few ideas to maximize your earnings.
Take for example this list of 100 easy ways to make extra money as there are a bunch of ideas in there that you are already doing for free!
One of my absolute favorites is getting paid to listen to music. It requires less focus and there are a lot more opportunities.
You can also check out my list of paid online surveys here as many survey sites have sections for watching videos, movie trailers, or previewing upcoming films. All you have to do is give your opinion and get paid.
Have you successfully been paid to watch TV?
Let me know in the comments below.