If you love watching movies and videos, then there are a couple of ways that you can both make and save money on your viewing endeavors. The logic behind the whole idea is that movie studios often want to gauge an audience’s reaction before releasing their films on a large scale. Then, there are also other platforms that will pay you simply to watch videos online, probably to help get their view counts up. Regardless of the reasoning behind them, we’ll take a look at several such companies and give you the inside scoop on which are worth it and which are pretty much a waste of time in disguise.

Swagbucks and inbox dollars

If you do a simple Google search on how to make money watching tv shows and movies, then you’re likely to be directed to one of these two sites. Both promise to reward you simply for sitting around watching videos all day, which sounds a bit too good to be true. The truth is that it kind of is. If it were seriously that easy, then who would ever venture out into the workforce again? The breakdown on sites like this is that they reward you with “points.”

The promise is that if you sit through enough random videos, your points will start to add up and you can cash them in for gift cards or Paypal cash. While this is technically true, things start to get a bit more tricky when you look at the earning vs. redemption ratio of the points system.

Say, for instance, you want to earn $25 that will be deposited to your Paypal account via Swagbucks. Great. All you’ve gotta do is earn 2500 swag points. So you head on over to the watch section where you’re offered a watchlist of 15 different videos. How many swag points do you earn for watching all of them? One. So, although it is technically possible to earn money from these kinds of sites, beware that it’s going to be an insanely small amount given the effort you’re going to have to put in.

Becoming a Netflix “tagger”

Among the most legit ways to make money watching movies is to actually get a job with Netflix. Every now and then they’ll higher people called “taggers” who get paid to watch Netflix and add tags to videos. The idea here is that once the videos receive relevant tags, it will be easier to help other viewers find content that matches their interests. The job is reported to pay out around $300/month but the downside is that it’s not all that easy to snag a tagging position. You more or less have to haunt the Netflix job boards and hope to get lucky enough to see the job listing pop up when it does.

How to watch movies for free

Though this one won’t make you any money, it will definitely save you some if you love going to the movies. For years now, test audiences have been used to give their opinions on major Hollywood films before they are released. This helps the movie studios gauge how the film is going to do when it comes out and determine whether any additional edits need to be made before it does.

In the past, you were pretty much out of luck when it came to joining a test audience unless you lived in a major city like New York or Los Angeles. These days, however, the Internet has made it possible to include people everywhere in online test audiences. Now there’s a website called iScreeningroom where you can sign up to watch pre-released movies from home. All you have to do in return is provide your opinion via an online survey after you’ve finished watching a film.