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Viggle free iPhone, iPad app rewards loyal TV viewers

viggle012812_optBY BOB HOLT

The next time a family member or phone call interrupts you while you’re watching television you can now tell them, “Sorry, not now, I’m working.”

A loyalty program known as Viggle introduced its first free app in the iTunes app store on Wednesday. The company will be rewarding people with gift cards, music, and movie tickets for watching television.

When you tap the screen, according to the Associated Press, Viggle's software for iPhones and iPads recognizes the program a person is watching and credits them about two reward points a minute. Users can even earn credits on recorded programs.

Mail Online reports that Viggle has a number of retailers offering rewards, including Burger King, Starbucks, iTunes, CVS, Best Buy, Sephora, and Fandango. The company is offering 1,500 bonus points just for signing. When a user accumulates 7,500 points, they earn a $5 gift card.

Chris Stephenson, the president of the company behind Viggle, Function (x), told MarketWatch,"We're excited that Viggle is now in the hands of passionate TV viewers. Everyone wins here--consumers get rewarded for their loyalty and networks and brand partners are able to connect with Viggle users in relevant and meaningful ways."

Getting a friend to try the app service is worth 200 bonus points. And some nights may require users to work overtime, because bonus points are also offered for watching programs like "American Idol," and for watching advertisements.


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