Owned and operated by Adscend Media, EngageMe.tv is a rewards-based monetization platform that allows users to earn unlimited points while watching videos across a variety of categories. These points can then be redeemed at hundreds of partner websites for gift cards, CS:GO skins, cash, in-game items, and virtual currency.
According to their website, most of these high-quality videos are exclusive to the company, and much of it comes from well-known content creators. And because it’s available on their site, as well as their iOS and Android apps, users can earn anywhere, anytime.
Is it really this easy to earn points with EngageMe.tv? Is their content good? Will you have to watch a ton of ads just to earn a few bucks? Here, we’ll help answer all of your most important questions—beginning with how you can get started.
The Basics of Setting Up an EngageMe.tv Account
First, you’ll need to enter your email address and choose an EngageMe.tv password. From there, you’ll be required to link your account to a rewards platform, such as InstaGC, PrizeRebel, Grindabuck, and hundreds more. These are what the company calls ‘Linked Partners.’
After choosing a Linked Partner, you’ll need to enter the respective username and password for each one, which will link it directly to your EngageMe.tv account. (You can switch between Linked Partners at any time.)
Then, you’ll return to the home screen, choose the channel you want, click play, and sit back and enjoy. According to the FAQ, as you watch videos, you’ll find that “fractional points will start accumulating in the ‘Earnings’ section on the top left corner of your screen.” And after watching six videos and six advertisements, you’ll earn a full credit.
Once you’ve earned enough points, you’ll be able to redeem them for rewards directly through your chosen Linked Partner.
With these basics in mind, let’s take a closer look at the website’s functionality.
How Does EngageMe.tv’s Website Work?
The FAQ reports that EngageMe.tv is currently available in 13 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, Sweden, and Netherlands.
In these countries, users can choose between nine channels:
Movie Trailers – New trailers that can help you decide what to watch.
Movie Reviews – Here, you can find out what critics think about recent film releases.
App Trailers – Videos of the hottest apps.
Gaming – The latest gaming industry news.
How To – A way to learn new skills, such as how to train your dog, tips for driving during winter, how to install a USB in older cars, and how to save gas.
Food / Cooking – Restaurant highlights, how-to videos, and recipes.
Entertainment – Celebrity gossip and news.
Viral Videos – Videos that everyone’s talking about. Some options we encountered were ‘why we love (or hate) scary movies,’ ‘daredevil surfer rides waves in a Munich river,’ and ‘student comes up with a clever way to pay for tuition fees).
Sports – Sports-related news and commentary.
Pro tip: The company’s FAQ recommends, “making sure to always use Google Chrome, [so you can] get more ads and will have the best viewing experience.”
To get a quick feel for their user experience, we watched four to five videos in each of EngageMe.tv’s channels and found that their quality was middle-of-the-road (users can choose between Auto, 270p, and 180p).
Most videos were between one and three minutes in length, with an advertisement between each last 30 seconds to one minute (in most instances). In the Movie Trailers channel, we watched the same ad each time, while there seemed to be a decent amount of diversity in the other channels.
Some channels, such as Gaming, had no commercials at all. In others, like Viral Videos, we were able to skip past some advertisements after a few seconds.
If you encounter a video you’re not particularly interested in while browsing, you can fast-forward to the next one. Hovering over the button will tell you which video is coming up.
Here, you can see EngageMe.tv’s website interface, with the video (and preview) in the center and channel selection in the upper left-hand corner.
At any point, you can see how many ads are required to earn credits (known as the advertisement counter) by finding the number next to the Watching section at the top of your screen. The FAQ explains, “So, if you see ‘Watching: 2 of 3,’ you know that you have watched two out of the required three ads to earn credits.”
What’s the Difference Between EngageMe.tv’s Website & App?
In the end, EngageMe.tv’s app works much the same as their website; only with a different interface. You’ll be able to sign up for a free account, add Linked Partners, switch between them, view channels, and watch content (as well as play, pause, and fast-forward), while earning points.
The biggest difference is that you’ll need to own a supported Android (4.4 and up) or iOS (8.0 or later) device, and then download the appropriate app.
Functionally, there isn’t much to differentiate EngageMe.tv’s website from the app, other than the user interface. Image credit: Google
What Are the Rules for Using EngageMe.tv?
One of the most important things to remember is that EngageMe.tv only delivers videos that can help you earn points with Linked Partners. However, these partners are responsible for redeeming points for “gift cards, in-app virtual rewards, or in-game virtual rewards.”
With this in mind, the company notes that they’re focused on maximizing the user experience, so “muting your devices may impact the amount of ads you receive, making it tougher to earn.”
Although an EngageMe.tv account is free, outside of this, there isn't a whole lot of absolute no-no's that could potentially get you permanently banned:
- You can certainly skip content you don’t like, but you shouldn’t get in the habit of automatically skipping every video you encounter in order to get to the ads faster.
- Don’t use auto refreshers, run any sort of script, watch videos on more than one screen per device, or more than three devices total per household (including a mix of mobile and desktop devices).
- Don’t access the service using a proxy server or a virtual private network (VPN).
Adding It Up: How Many Points Will You Have to Earn From EngageMe.tv?
If this is your first foray into the world of rewards websites, you might feel like you stumbled into a potential gold mine. But to help you maintain realistic expectations, let’s quickly run the numbers for some of EngageMe.tv’s most popular Linked Partners (according to their website).
The InstaGC and Grindabuck websites report that each of their points is worth $0.001, or one one-thousandth of a dollar. This means that you’d have to earn 10,000 points in order to cash out $10.
Comparatively, PrizeRebel prices each of their gift cards differently, although we found a $5 Amazon gift card for 500 points (or $0.01 per point).
Earlier, we learned from EngageMe.tv’s FAQ that you’ll have to watch six videos and six advertisements in order to earn a point. If each video lasted one minute and each commercial 30 seconds, this means it will take nine minutes to earn one point.
Finally, this would work out to 90,000 minutes—or 150 hours—of watching in order to earn $1 through InstaGC or Grindabuck, or about 75 hours to earn the same amount through PrizeRebel.
Obviously, your earnings potential will vary depending on the chosen Linked Partner, but this should help put the amount of watching you’ll need to do into perspective.
With these numbers in mind, let’s find out what users are saying about EngageMe.tv’s overall value (after all, your time is money).
What Are Users Saying In Their EngageMe.tv Reviews?
The largest single source we encountered for third-party EngageMe.tv reviews during our research was on Reddit, where there were dozens of individual threads covering a variety of topics. The company itself was also very active there, providing updates and addressing user questions—many of which related to maximizing advertisements, and therefore earnings potential.
On Google Play, EngageMe.tv’s app had a total of 135 user reviews and a 3.4-star average rating at the time of our research (their iOS version had recently been updated and wasn’t available in the App Store).
Most compliments appeared to reference stellar support, developer responsiveness, and that it’s an easy way to make money. On the other hand, frequent complaints cited bogginess.
In our experience using the site, all videos we viewed in the Movie Reviews channel was hosted by the same person, who also seemed to narrate many of the videos in the Gaming channel.
Pro tip: We also learned that if you click on another browser tab, EngageMe.tv will pause the video. However, this wasn’t the case when we opened a separate window.
From a company perspective, Austin, TX-based Adscend Media has been in business since 2009, with rewards-based relationships with 35,000+ publishers in more than 180 countries.
Are There Other Video Rewards Websites Like EngageMe.tv?
There are literally hundreds of video-watching rewards sites competing for the same viewers as EngageMe.tv, which you can see for yourself by entering the phrase into any search engine. Some of the top results (websites and apps) at the time of our research included:
|EngageMe.tv||Website and app||Links w/100+ partners (provides no direct rewards)||N/A|
|CreationsRewards.net||Website only||Gift cards and cash. Can also earn by taking daily surveys, shopping online, exploring websites, and trying offers||$0.001|
|GrabPoints||Website and app||Gift cards. Also earn by accepting offers, downloading apps, completing surveys, adding friends, and completing activities||Rewards vary, but most are valued at $0.001 per point|
|Perk||Website and app||Cash, gift cards. Also earn by running errands, playing games, shopping, and purchasing from partners||$0.001|
|InstaGC||Website only||Gift cards only. Also earn by completing surveys, shopping online, and searching the web||$0.001|
|Swagbucks||Website and app||Gift cards only. Also earn by shopping online, answering surveys, discovering offers, searching the web, and playing games||Varies, but many offers are valued at $0.01 per point|
|AppTrailers||App only||Gift cards||About $0.01|
Based on these factors, should you choose to sign up for an EngageMe.tv account?
Our Bottom Line About EngageMe.tv
Whether or not EngageMe.tv is the right rewards site for you largely depends on two main factors:
If you prefer earning points by watching videos, and
If you prefer having the flexibility to earn points across more than 100 Linked Partners, compared to being restricted to just one.
With this said, an EngageMe.tv account—whether through the website or app—is completely free, so you might not have much more to lose than some of your time for giving it a try. But if you enjoy discovering new videos and point redemption flexibility, it’s currently one of the only games in town.