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28+ Free Ways to Get Paid to Watch Videos, Ads, Movies and TV

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Do you find yourself watching videos online, even when you know you should be working or doing something else productive?

If you’re like me, you will look up a video and slowly get sucked into the YouTube portal, wasting hours on kids falling down or a cat fighting a dog.

Instead of feeling guilty, why not get paid for your efforts while watching videos that may be of interest.

Now, before you get excited, you’re not going to get rich and make hundreds per month; instead, you could make $25, $50 or even $100 a month if you refer enough of your friends to do the same.

If watching videos sound of interest, let me show you some legitimate websites/apps that can start paying you right now.

Whether it’s watching an ad, movie, TV show or an app trailer, there are a variety of options that should pique your interests.

All of these services are free, and I promise you they are legit.  But again, do not plan on getting rich!

Get Paid to Watch Videos with These 28+ Websites/Apps

Swagbucks

By far, Swagbucks is one of the largest companies online that wants to pay you to earn money watching videos and performing other related tasks, such as taking surveys, shopping, searching the web and SO much more.

With Swagbucks, every time you watch a video, interact with it and rate it, you can get paid with what’s known as “Swagbucks.”

And once you earn enough, you can then cash out for multiple gift cards or cash via Paypal if you choose.

You can check out the screenshot below to see what it looks like when you start watching the videos and see how it works.  The websites I explain in this guide work in a similar manner.

To date, Swagbucks has paid more than $275 million to its members and has an A+ BBB rating.

Act now and they will even throw in a free $5 bonus just for joining, so you really do not have much to lose if you haven’t signed up already.



Inbox Dollars

Inbox Dollars, just like Swagbucks, offers a TON of ways to earn money online, including watching TV.

To earn, just click on the TV link near the top and start watching the videos the company presents you.

And if you’re curious, here’s what it looks like if you’re logged in as a member:

To get paid, all I had to do is click the play button, watch the short clip and that’s about it.  The videos would continue to play until I left the page and I would make about one credit per view or about $0.01 for 30 seconds of time.  Remember, I did warn you above that you’re not going to make much.

Again, you’re not going to make much, and honestly, it’s probably the last thing I would recommend out of all of the options you can do on the website.

This can be said on most of these websites, but if you’re bored and/or just want to give your brain a rest after completing surveys, then it’s an okay option.

While Inbox Dollars is a legitimate resource and offers many other ways to make money aside from watching TV, I would add it to the list if you’re interested in getting paid to watch videos or making money doing other tasks in general.

Like Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars will give you a $5 bonus just for signing up as well.

MyPoints

Yet another website like Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars, MyPoints works in the same way, where you can get paid to perform a variety of tasks, including video watching.

If you’re interested in getting paid while watching videos with MyPoints, they will give you the opportunity to choose the category that interests you.

For instance, when I logged into my dashboard, I could choose from news, entertainment, health, food and so much more.

Then, when I clicked on a category of interest, I would get paid whenever I watched the entire setlist provided.

For example, here’s what it looks like:

As long as you follow the directions and watch the video in its entirety, then you will be rewarded with the points provided.

Again, you won’t make a TON doing this, but if you really want to get paid watching TV, then I would add MyPoints as well.

If video watching is your interest, then I did find MyPoints to have quite the selection that was actually interesting.

Signing up is free and first-time users can get a $5 bonus just for signing up.

CashCrate

CashCrate has been around FOREVER and it’s a fantastic way to earn cash by performing a variety of tasks, including watching videos.  I wrote about this company in depth if interested.

When you log into your dashboard, you will be presented with a TON of offers, and if you’re just interested in videos, then simply select the “videos & more” tab at the top of your screen and proceed to choose a provider that interests you.

In my accounts, I was able to choose from more than six providers, all offering varying amounts and video options, as seen below on the right-hand side.  This may look different on a mobile device, however.

Signing up is free and in some circumstances, you can even earn a small bonus for completing your profile.

FusionCash

Around since 2006, FusionCash works a lot like the companies I mentioned above, offering you opportunities to earn money by completing offers, playing games and more.

The thing I like about FusionCash is that they are straightforward in the “video” section, telling you exactly what you need to earn your credits.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

According to the tips, in order to be credited, you need to watch the entire video and you can continue to watch if you so choose.  This is how most of these websites work.

Again, you won’t get rich, but you can earn a few cents here and there as you can see.  But if you add the videos in with the other offers on this website, you could easily earn $10, $20 or even more depending on how active you are.

Joining FusionCash is free and also offers a $5 bonus when you sign up.

Perk.tv

According to the company’s official website, they are said to be the #1 mobile rewards program.  I guess that’s up to you to decide, but I do recommend you at least check them out.

With Perk.tv, you can earn “Perk Points” by watching popular videos and app trailers.

Here’s what my dashboard looked like, for example:

As you can see, you can choose from a variety of topics and choose which video is of interest, which makes it a pinch better than the rest since most of the companies I mentioned above force you to watch certain videos.

When you find one you like, click the thumbnail, watch the video in its entirety and be rewarded almost instantly in most cases.

Perk.tv is probably one of my favorites if you solely want to watch videos, but again, don’t expect to get rich.

Signing up is free and they rewarded me with 50 points just for signing up.

Once you earn enough rewards, about 1,250 points, you can then cash out for popular gift cards such as Amazon, Best Buy, Nike and many more.

Gifthulk

Gifthulk wants to reward you to watch videos along with other opportunities such as playing games and searching the web.

And when I created an account, I was quite surprised at the number of videos I could watch in comparison to other competitors.

With a TON of channels, there seemed to be countless videos I could watch, all of which I would be credited for.  And the cool thing was that some of the videos were actually interesting.

Earning what’s known as “Hulk” coins, you can redeem them for your favorite retailers, including Walmart, Paypal or even Steam, to name a few.

Registering is easy and the company has been featured by many prominent outlets, such as CBS and Yahoo!



TreasureTrooper

TreasureTrooper has been around for quite some time now and one of the many ways to earn rewards on their website is via its “Cash Videos” section.

To get started, they will first ask you a few questions in order to start sending you the best video, and from there, you can start earning for every video you watch.

On top of this, the website offers what’s known as a “group goal” or “team effort,” which will reward you with free “pearls,” “gold coins” and a “dragon scale,” all of which can be redeemed for cash in the future once you hit the minimum.

Aside from the videos, the website also offers rewards for performing other tasks, such as taking surveys and completing offers, to name a few.

Depending on the promotion, you can sign up and earn rewards just for confirming your e-mail and/or completing your profile.

iRazoo

Aside from getting paid to watch videos online, iRazoo will also pay you to complete offers, take surveys, download apps, search, play games and so much more.  Much like the others here.

When I logged into my dashboard, I was presented with a few options, all paying around 2 points or $0.02 per view, but this seemed to be the industry average and as you can see in my screenshoot below, topics ranged from viral videos to food clips.

But I cannot stress it enough, watching videos are usually the poorest way to make money; however, it will not take much in terms of effort on your part at least since all you need to do is click, watch and get credited.

So if you don’t mind watching a few clips for a few pennies, then it’s worth a shot.  Signing up is free and takes less than 10 seconds.

Creations Rewards

Working a lot like the reward-based websites I mentioned above, Creations Rewards is yet another website you may want to add to your list.

Aside from getting paid to watch videos, you can also earn points by exploring websites, shopping online, answering trivia questions and completing offers, to name a few.

When I logged into my dashboard (as you can see in the screenshot below), I was presented with a few companies they worked with, each offering their own payout, usually around one to three CR (not much).

Again, you’re not going to get rich watching videos, but if you just want to rest your mind and make a few bucks over the next week, then it’s not too bad of a choice.

Signing up is free, and the company usually offers a $5 bonus just for signing up and completing your profile.

GetPaidTo

Yes, just like many of the companies mentioned above, GetPaidTo works in the same way, offering you multiple ways to watch videos and earn.

When I logged into my dashboard, I could choose between three providers, Super Rewards, EngageMe.tv and Token Ads.  This can change, however.

And when I clicked on one of the “show the offers” link, I could then watch the videos of my choice to earn credits towards cashing out.

Earnings seemed to range around 1 to 3 points, but this website did offer other ways to earn points, such as completing tasks, entering contests and more.

Signing up is free, and in some cases, they do offer surprise welcome bonuses just for confirming your e-mail.

EarnHoney.com

I found EarnHoney while researching some of the highest rated GPT-type websites online, and aside from watching videos, they do allow you to earn what’s known as “OPTin” credits via other methods as well.  You can read my in-depth review here.

While the video selection I was presented was slim (see image below), you could earn additional points via games, offers, apps, giving your opinion and more.

Joining is free and bonus points are available to those who fill out their profile.  I would only recommend this website if you’re looking for offer-type websites in general.

SendEarnings

Just like the Creation Rewards website I mentioned prior, SendEarnings works in the same way.

Whether you want to watch videos or complete a survey or search the web, it can be done here.

I cannot emphasize it enough, but the videos I saw on my dashboard paid very little — about $0.01 per view — but this isn’t the only way to make cash.

Like a lot of these companies, SendEarnings will also supply with a $5 bonus as long as you complete the checklist upon signup.

instaGC

instaGC will reward you to watch videos from a variety of providers, paying you as you complete the defined playlists.

Crediting one credit per 20 videos guaranteed, members can also receive weekly bonuses as well for their watching habits.

Like most of these websites, you can also earn credits for performing other tasks as well, including downloading apps, searching the web, performing tasks and so much.

Global Test Market

Global Test Market does focus a lot on surveys; however, you can still earn some extra cash by watching videos from time to time.

For instance, on my dashboard, I have been able to watch movie trailers and get rewarded for it in the past, but this can vary depending on the time you log in.

To date, the company has paid out more than $30 million and is known to be quite reputable among survey takers.

If you do sign up, though, just keep in mind that they are geared more toward surveys, not videos.

GrabPoints

Earn multiple gift cards with GrabPoints while watching TV and performing hundreds of other offers, such as completing offers or downloading a new app.

On my dashboard, I could choose from a few providers, some of which I could find on other websites as well, but it doesn’t hurt to add as many of these websites as possible to maximize your earnings, especially if you want to watch videos and get paid.

When I joined, they did offer a $5 sign-up bonus, but this isn’t guaranteed at your time of sign up.

You can sign up here if you’re interested in earning gift cards by completing a variety of offers.

AppNana Rewards

AppNana, one of the highest rated “free gift card” app on the market, allows you to earn rewards for performing a variety of tasks including watching videos.

To earn your rewards, all you have to do is log into your account, download the app and simply follow the directions.  In most cases, you need to open the apps and play around with it.

Then, like any of these apps, once you earn enough reward points, you can then cash out for some cool prizes, such as an Amazon.com gift card.

Signing up is 100% free and must be downloaded via your phone.  And if you want to earn bonus points, feel free to use this referral code — t28115305



AppTrailers

AppTrailers, an app you need to download to your phone, will pay you to preview “video trailers,” which can be anything from celebrity gossip to a DIY video.

You can also earn points to play trivia, with more than 10,000 questions available!

Earn enough points and you can then cash out from hundreds of brands, including Amazon, Target, Groupon, Paypal and many more.

CheckPoints

The CheckPoints app rewards you for a variety of tasks, including watching videos.

But unlike a lot of these apps/websites in which they allow you to complete surveys and even play games, CheckPoints will reward you when you scan items while you’re out and about shopping.

Other features include bonus games, scratchers, trivia, daily contests and more.

CashPirate

CashPirate, yet another phone app in which it will reward you to watch videos, will also give you free money by trying out products, testing new games and even inviting your friends.

With an average 4.5/5 rating and more than 110,000 reviews, it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re into these types of offer apps as it was one of the highest rated ones I could find on the Play store.

And if you do plan on downloading it, be sure to use this referral code — CRMATU — to receive a 50% bonus on your first 1,000 coins earned.  Without it, you’re going to have to work much harder!

Indeed

Test your luck with Indeed, the world’s largest job classified website, and see if you can find a private company looking to hire.

Searching for terms, such as “TV watcher,” could yield some results, but again, nothing is guaranteed here.

For example, when I searched for “TV watcher” for the entire United States, I was presented with more than 1,900+ jobs, but I did have to weed through quite a few because they were not truly “watching TV” jobs.

One job I did find intriguing, for example, was Twitch, where they were looking for a content reviewer.  Your results will vary, however.

Care.com

Care.com is unique in a way as some people, often family members, are often looking for people to come to their house to simply watch TV or entertain their loved one.

This could be an older person who struggles to get of the house in general or someone who is simply seeking someone to talk to.

In some cases, someone may need you to watch their pets overnight, which means you could watch TV while watching someone’s dog or cat.

If you’re not a member of Care.com, it’s a great way to find jobs ranging from babysitting to pet care.

Simply search and see if anything is of interest.

Nielsen Digital Voice

When you become a member of the Nielsen Digital Voice, you’re joining a leader that’s been around for more than 90 years.

To sign up, Nielsen will first ask you to sign up and fill out an online questionnaire to learn more about your demographics and viewing habits.

Then, you will download the “Nielsen Digital Voice” app, which is said to be 100% safe and secure, never revealing any of your personal information.

Once the app is finally downloaded, you can then go online and just do what you normally do.  Whether it’s surfing some websites, browsing Facebook or even doing homework, you’re basically letting the company view your online habits.

As long as the software is up and running, then you can get rewarded for your time.

Signing up is 100% free and can be done so here.

Nielsen TV

Aside from the digital side of the spectrum, which I noted above, you can also join the “Nielsen Families” program, which is a device installed of your home, attached to your TV.

Measuring television audiences since 1950, most of the company’s knowledge comes directly from these devices inside the everyday home.

Now, here’s the thing.

You cannot just apply for this program since they are selected at random, but if you want to learn more information or even see if you qualify, consider contacting a member on this list.

Again, nothing is guaranteed here, but if you can get approved, it’s an awesome way to get rewarded to simply watch TV at home.

Netflix

I noticed other bloggers mention Netflix, and while it’s extremely rare to find a live job posting in regards to getting paid to watch “TV,” the company does offer a position known as a “tagger.”

Essentially, this job will require you to tag their shows to help provide recommendations to active subscribers.

While the job will not pay a ton and requires long hours, those who did work as a tagger noted not everyone can qualify.

If interested, just keep your eyes peeled via the company’s official job board, but again, don’t be discouraged if you do not see a live job post.

Slidejoy

I have written about Slidejoy in the past as it’s a great app to pay you to literally do nothing.  And I really mean this in a non-spammy/scammy way, I promise.  I don’t work that any.

Anyway, with Slidejoy, there are a few ways to earn, but here’s how it works:

Every time you unlock your phone, you will see a news story or some sort of promotion on your screen, and it’s up to you if you want to read or watch it.

If you do, you will slide up or left to watch, but if you want to just unlock your phone and do nothing else, then that’s fine, too!

To earn money with Slidejoy, you do not have to do anything; in fact, you can just leave the app as your lock screen only and you can get rewarded.

Or if you so choose, you can also watch some small clips as well which can earn you a few dollars here and there.

It’s free to join, but remember, if you do so, you have to use the app as your lock screen.

Become a Theatre Checker

While researching all of the ways to make money while watching videos, I found out that you can become what’s known as  “theatre checker” with the company, Market Force.

As a theatre checker, you can get paid to record the number of ads before a movie begins, count the customers inside the theaters, poll people after the movie begins or doing something else related to the movie.

The great thing about this job is that you’re paid for your job AND you get to watch the movie since you may be asked to rate the picture and sound quality, etc.  While most of the work happens before and after the movie, you should be able to enjoy the show without any distractions.

Like any job, not everyone is approved, but if you’re interested, you can follow this link for more information.



Viggle

Viggle is only available on your smartphone via an app, so if you’re looking for a desktop option to make cash, sadly, this will not be a choice.  However, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it!

To use Viggle, the process is rather easy.

The app asks you to tap the app while you’re watching a TV or streaming show on a popular provider such as Amazon, Netflix or Hulu, for example.

Then, as long as the show qualifies, you will earn one point per minute, plus any bonuses which may be available at the time.  Also, while you’re watching, you can engage with the show, such as taking a quiz or poll.

Since the app is synced with what you’re watching, the engagement ties in with what you’re watching at the time.

Once you earn enough points, you can then cash out for rewards and great prizes.

Final Thoughts

The thought of watching videos and getting paid online is intriguing, I can admit; however, doing so is going to earn you PEANUTS.  So if you were expecting $25 an hour, I’m sorry, but it isn’t happening, and don’t let others say it’s possible!

All of the websites/apps I mentioned above are credible, and I do recommend you check some of them out, but if you really want to make a dollars, I HIGHLY recommend you check out the other offers these companies often promote.   This can include the surveys, signing up for products, and so forth.   These options will pay you much more for your time than watching videos will.

Again, while you can get paid to watch these videos, I would only recommend it if you want to take a quick five-minute break to let your mind rest, but in the end, don’t expect to make more than $1 to $2 a day per website in doing so.

Have you watched videos online and got paid for it?

Am I missing any strategies?

If so, share them with me in the comments and I’d be happy to promote it!

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