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Is Viggle Worth Your Time? Suz Says: “Skip It!”

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So, a few months ago, I said I’d give Viggle a go. It seemed simple enough. Open the app, and use its mic to check into programs that were airing on my TV. And for certain shows, there are Viggle Live quiz opportunities to earn bonus points. Sounds easy, right? Well, it is, but it’s not a very rewarding use of my time.

I wrote that initial post back in mid-October. And since then, I’ve managed to accumulate 35,000 points. Sounds like a lot, right? On SwagBucks, 35k is $350! On Shopkick, it’s $140! So we’re talking big money!

On Viggle, I think 35k points translates to about $14. My math is a little rusty and I originally wrote this post at about 2AM. A few days ago I checked the Gift Card section and saw that there were $5 Fandango Gift Cards for 15k. Yup. That was it for me. So I redeemed some of my points to get one. I tried to do another one immediately afterwards, but the app told me I’d already gotten one. (I forgot that one can only redeem one gift card brand per day) So then I was stuck with 20k points. The only available reward that I could afford was a 1-day Redbox Movie Rental. Yippee?

Now, I wasn’t a die hard Viggler during these past 5 months, but I did check in almost every day. To have only really earned enough for two $5 gift cards really isn’t a good use of my time. Especially when I can spend just an hour or two per day on SwagBucks and acquire a $5 gift card, to my retailer of choice, every 5 days! You read that correctly. I earn enough on SwagBucks to, on average, cash in for a $5 gift card every week. Every. Week!

So 5 months? No thanks!

And let’s talk about how most gift cards aren’t even in stock at any given time on Viggle. They don’t have Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Sephora, Starbucks, or any of those retailer cards readily available. Every so often, a desirable $25 gift card will appear in the app (and for something like 60k points), but if you aren’t quick — as in taking action within the first few minutes — it’ll go out of stock and you’re SOL. Like, I said, not very rewarding to me. I don’t know many people who have the patience to, after they earn a bunch of points, continually open and refresh an app in hopes that a Gift Card reward will appear.

I just now redeemed another 15k of my points for a second $5 Fandango code. That leaves me with about 5k in points. I’m not trying for more rewards on this app. 5k is negligible. So, I’m just going to delete it.

I hear that back before Viggle got really big, it used to be easier to get rewards; more on par with how SwagBucks and Shopkick are for me now. The OGs all over the Internet and social media are constantly posting about it. It’s a shame, too. It’s a great idea that would probably be a lot more popular if it weren’t so hard to earn rewards.

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My Top 10 Super Bowl Ads: 2014 Edition

I did this last year, so why not do it again? Exactly!

I didn’t think the selection of Super Bowl commercials were that great as I was watching the game. The day after, I still am underwhelmed, but that didn’t stop me from having some favorites.

Here is a list, in no particular order.

Coca-Cola: Going All the Way

Budweiser: A Hero’s Welcome
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7L5QByvXOQ

Budweiser: Puppy Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQB7QRyF4p4

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Trying Out Viggle App

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As I’ve shared quite frequently, I am absolutely in love with the Shopkick app. Getting points that I can redeem for gift cards just for doing what I was already going to do, shopping, is a no-brainer for me.

So, along comes Viggle where I can get points just for watching the TV programs I was already watching. Get out of town!

How the app (which is available for iOS and Android) works is that you check-in using your phone’s microphone, while watching TV. It’ll use the audio signal from your TV to identify what you’re watching and award you points — typically 1 point per minute — after the show goes off. You don’t have to leave your app open, either. Just check in and go back to whatever you were doing. When you accumulate enough points, you can cash them in for gift cards to popular retailers such as Starbucks, Sephora, iTunes, GAP, Chili’s, Foot Locker, Old Navy, Lowe’s, Papa John’s, CVS, and more! With the holiday’s coming up, might not be a bad way to get some extra funds to shop for gifts.

There are opportunities for bonus points through promos (DirecTV subscribers get a ton), viewing ads, and live trivia through the app. I’m told that if I casually use the app, I should earn a gift card after about a month or so. That’s pretty good. And, like I said, I’d be earning that freebie just for doing what I already was. When I’m on my computer in the evenings, my TV is always on, even if I’m not watching it directly. Still counts! I’m gonna play with this app for a while and see what’s up. It definitely speaks to my lazy side as I don’t have to leave my house to use it like with Shopkick.

It seems that, in the past year, the company has altered their strategy a little. Apparently after a huge launch, where gift cards were easy to earn, it’s now much more difficult. I can see where that’d be frustrating for early adopters, but it can’t be as bad as CheckPoints, can it?

I’ll check back in, with another post, after I’ve earned a reward. Does anyone else use Viggle?

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‘DCC: Making The Team’ Is Back Tonight!

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I have an inexplainable obsession with CMT’s “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team.” I don’t know why, I just love it. Everyone has their TV guilty pleasures. Some of y’all watch Honey Boo Boo and/or Duck Dynasty, or even the Kardashians, so stop judging me! This isn’t nearly as bad as those! 😛

In any case, the show is back tonight with Season 8! I don’t even mind that I have to relocate, within my house, just in order to watch it. (Looking at you, Time Warner Cable. Stop taking away channels and increasing rates!)

I’m setting the over/under on episodes, until I go to the squad’s website to spoil who makes the team, at 2. I can never just watch it play out. I have to spoil it every year because I have no self control. The final squad has already been selected, as the season officially opens this weekend, so I can quickly look up any questions I might have. Again, don’t judge me!

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK!

2013 Ohio State Spring Game

It’s no secret, especially if you follow me on Twitter, that I am a huge college football fan. Gigantic. So much so, that my new followers numbers trail off after football season ends, and start picking up again, once it returns. I’m not mad. I think I’m far more interesting during football season. And apparently, the Internet agrees!

As I type this, the goodness that is college football, is on my TV. I couldn’t be happier! I don’t even care that I’m watching Minnesota football. I don’t care whose team is playing tonight. I just want to see as much of it as possible!

My team, THE Ohio State Buckeyes, get things started on Saturday, and I will be there! I don’t really care which games I attend. I just want to be in that stadium, w/ 105,000 of my closest friends, as often as possible. I love, love, love being able to go to the opener. It’s like our long, national nightmare (of no football) is over, and we are all being cured by the mighty hand of the Lord together. Was that overboard? Whatever. I don’t care. FOOTBALL’S BACK!

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My Top 5 VMA Moments

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Even though it’s hilarious that MTV continues their annual charade that they actually care about music, I still tune in, with all my Twitter friends, and watch the hell out of their show. As I’ve previously shared, Awards shows, and major TV events in general, are better with Twitter.

When MTV started promoting this year’s show, and announcing performers, I was cautiously optimistic. What looks like a good lineup, on paper, doesn’t always come to fruition; especially when it comes to MTV. But, as the show grew closer, I got more and more excited, until I couldn’t take it anymore!

So, without further ado, here are my Top 5 moments.

5. Danity Kane (minus D. Woods) is back! They appeared on the pre-show and did an interview while looking absolutely fab! They announced their new single, “Rage,” would be out soon. Can’t wait!

4. Eminem announced his new album, MMLP2 (Marshall Mathers LP 2). It didn’t really happen at the show, but there was a Beats By Dre commercial with him in it. Whatever, I don’t care. Glad Em’s back! Album due November 5th, y’all!

3. Taylor Swift. You can usually keep most of her music, but she was shady and fun last night! Twitter was annoyed that the camera was on her so much during the show. I wasn’t. She looked like she was having a blast, dancing through all the performances and enjoying herself. MTV isn’t going to put people on TV who look like they aren’t having any fun and would rather be having a root canal (like Rihanna, at times). So if Taylor and Lady Gaga were getting every inch of their lives, it makes sense to put the camera on them, does it not? Also, when One Direction was on stage, accepting their award, MTV cut to Taylor and caught her being not-so-nice. It’s nice to see Miss Perfect aint so perfect!

2. The crowd and Twitter’s reaction to Miley Cyrus’ hot ass mess of a performance. I’ve been vocal that I’m not here for her recent image, and it seems I’m not alone. I had a great time making jokes and laughing at others who were also making jokes. That’s what I love about the Internet. They truly get me.

1. Justin Timberlake/NSYNC performance! JT owned the VMA’s. It was basically his concert, with an awards show taking place around it. Here for it!

Honorable Mention: Divergent movie’s first teaser trailer was released during the pre-show, by stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James. Watch it here.

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