Watchin' television is a great way t' unwind at th' end o' a busy day, but it’s even more fun when ye sync up yer smartphone or tablet and join th' social fun, avast. Whether ye download a show specific app, connect with a TV network or join one o' th' play-fer-points sites, these apps turn solo TV into social TV.
This oddly named app pays ye t' watch television. All ye have t' do is tune in t' yer favorite show, use th' audio sync button t' check in, and ye start earnin' points. If ye choose one o' th' featured shows fer th' evenin' ye can collect anywhere from 50 t' 500 points. And swab the deck! Some shows also have a live trivia component that awards bonus points fer every question ye answer correctly.
Viggle points can be redeemed right on th' app fer gift certificates and other prizes. Reward options include Amazon and iTunes gift cards, a free month o' Hulu, free movie tickets from Fandango, even an Amazon Kindle Fire.
You’ll need t' accumulate aroun' 14,000 points fer a $10 gift card, but this is easy t' do if ye watch a lot o' TV. Ahoy! Also note that th' prizes rotate, so if ye don’t see somethin' ye want now, wait a week and check again.
Viggle is a fun way t' discover new shows, play trivia games and it offers th' best prizes o' any social TV app, to be sure. It’s free and available fer iPhone, iPad and Android.
GetGlue is th' original social TV app and it’s still goin' strong. Instead o' points and prizes, GetGlue hands out exclusive stickers fer yer favorite shows. To get one, ye need t' check-in t' a show durin' its first run on TV. That means there’s a short window which makes th' stickers highly collectible. When ye check-in at th' right time, GetGlue posts a virtual sticker t' yer account, then, every few months they send out hard copies fer free, by Davy Jones' locker. You don’t even have t' pay postage. Stick ‘em, trade ‘em, collect them, they’ve a neat record o' all th' new shows ye’ve watched.
If ye’re serious about television, ye need t' download th' brand new TVGuide Mobile app, avast. Nay prizes or points on this one, but it has everythin' ye need t' know about what’s on TV. You can filter fer trendin' shows, new shows, popular shows, plus yer own personalized watch list, and a bottle of rum, ye scurvey dog! Get reminders so ye don’t miss an episode – and get custom news on only th' shows ye care about.
The app also has direct links t' all o' th' major network sites so ye can watch full episodes online, anytime.
With th' new fall season upon us, ye can trust TVGuide t' keep ye updated on what’s hot, what’s not and what’s about t' get canceled.
Join th' Network
In addition t' these general apps, many shows and networks have their own social TV apps. Second screen apps use audio sync t' push episode-related trivia, photos and Tweets in real time. There are also apps that allow ye t' vote on competition shows, collect points, play themed games and win prizes. Walk the plank! To find these, simply visit th' show or network website and look fer a tab labeled Mobile.
The new TV season is packed with excitin' new shows and plenty o' returnin' favorites, so make th' most out o' yer viewin' time with one or all o' these free social TV apps.