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Last Edited by ubiquitous May 4, 2014 at 10:03 PM
This service was mentioned in the Swagbucks thread and I thought it deserved a thread of its own.

http://perk.com/perk/start

It is a service that offers rewards for running advertisements on various computer devices (Win, Mac, IOS, Android). It is targeted at mobile devices, but daily videos can be seen on personal computers.

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Last Edited by RonaldM January 24, 2015 at 02:40 PM
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Perk, the Perk Rewards Platform, and Perk points are only available in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and India.


PerkTV requires iOS 6+, Android 4.0+, or Windows Phone 8+ to operate, but having the OS requirements met doesn't guarantee fluid operation...some devices/ROMs just don't like Perk for some reason : /

Here is the rule on how points are earned with the Perk TV app:
For the US: Earn 4 points per 2 videos watched
For UK, Canada, & Australia : Earn 2 points per 2 videos watched
For IN: Earn 4 points per 20 videos watched
[perk.com]


Earnings depends on many factors including, but not limited to, your internet speed, network hardware and general infrastructure, number and types of devices, ISP (you may have caps/throttling)...typically (historically), it's around $1-$1.25/day/device with no intervention (re-starting trailers)

Can I use Perk TV on more than one device? [perk.com] Perk has said on their Facebook wall [facebook.com] that we can use multiple devices on the same single account but creating multiple accounts for the same person is a no, no. Perk has updated their terms (4/09/14). You are now limited to a maximum of 5 devices per account. [perk.com] You can add/remove devices to an account without issue as long as there are never more than 5 running per account.

Due to recent changes to the TOS and popularity of the Perk TV app, you are no longer allowed to let the app run continuously "without any user activity for any extensive period of time." This now means that you must either thumbs up or down videos (which will reward you with tokens for sweepstakes and other activities) or playback will be be forced to stop with a popup asking "Are you still watching?". At this current time it appears the inactivity timer is randomly set to pop up. (08/08/14)

Successful Device List
*To be fair some of the older successful devices may require some additional actions to get PerkTV working. Namely for Android based devices rooting and loading a custom ROM unto it. If these are things you are not familiar with, outside of your comfort level, or to put it plainly - if unwilling to read up over on XDA (or the like) then you should stick with the golden rule of the system requirements listed above, namely a minimum of Android 4.0+.

Alcatel One Touch Evolve
Alcatel One Touch Fierce
Alcatel One Touch Fierce 2
Amazon Fire Phone (must sideload; also seems to stop playing videos correctly after a period of time requiring a phone restart)
Amazon Kindle Fire (1st gen, CM11)
Amazon Kindle Fire (2nd gen)
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX (7" 2013)
Apple iPad (2, 3rd gen, 4th gen)
Apple iPad Mini (1st gen, 2nd gen)
Apple iPad Air
Apple iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, 5, 5c, 5S, 6 Plus)
Apple iPod touch (4th gen, 5th gen)
ASUS PadFone X
Droid BIONIC 4G LTE
Fuhu dreamTab HD8
Fuhu nabi 2
Fuhu nabi XD
HP Touchpad
HTC 8XT
HTC Desire 510
HTC EVO 4G LTE
HTC EVO Shift 4G
HTC Inspire 4G (ICS - aospX 1.0.0-MR1)
HTC myTouch 4G
HTC One
HTC One (M8)
HTC One (M8) for Windows
HTC Windows Phone 8X (may suffer from KI on Windows Phones - will update)
Huawei Glory H868C
Huawei Premia 4G M931
Kyocera Brigadier
Kyocera Event C5133
Kyocera Hydro C5170
Kyocera Hydro Edge C5215
Kyocera Hydro XTRM
Kyocera Hydro Life
Kyocera Hydro Vibe / Icon
Kyocera Rise C5155
Kyocera Torque E6710
LG G Flex
LG G2
LG G3
LG Lucid
LG Lucid 2
LG Lucid 3
LG Motion 4G MS770 (aka Optimus Regard)
LG Optimus Elite (LS696) (CM11)
LG Optimus Exceed 2 (VS450PP) (AKA Realm [LS620] / Pulse) [phonescoop.com]
LG Optimus Extreme (L40G)
LG Optimus F6 (D500)
LG Optimus Fuel (L34C)
LG Optimus G (LS970)
LG Optimus L70 (MS323)
LG Spirit 4G (MS870)
LG Tribute 4G LTE (LS660)
Motorola DROID X (CM11)
Motorola Moto E
Motorola Moto G
Motorola Moto G LTE
Motorola Moto G 2014
Motorola Moto X
Motorola Moto X 2014
Motorola Xoom (Original)
Nextbook 7"
Nextbook 7.85"
Nexus S
Nexus 5
Nexus 7 (2012 - must sideload app)
Nexus 7 (2nd gen)
Nokia Lumia 520/521 (suffers from KI on Windows Phones)
Nokia Lumia 525
Nokia Lumia 635
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 925
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia Lumia Icon
Nook Tablet 16GB (CM10)
Samsung ATIV S Neo
Samsung Galaxy Avant (SM-G386TZKATMB)
Samsung Galaxy Axiom
Samsung Galaxy Centura
Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate
Samsung Galaxy Light (SGH-T399DNATMB)
Samsung Galaxy Rush
Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7'
Samsung Galaxy Vibrant (CM 10.2)
Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE
Samsung Galaxy S 4G (SGH-T959V) (CM10.2 slimkat 4.4.2)
Samsung Epic 4G (Galaxy S) (CM11)
Samsung Captivate (AT&T CM10)
ZTE Avid 4G
ZTE Awe N800
ZTE Concord II 4G
ZTE Reef
ZTE Source N9511
ZTE Valet
ZTE Warp Sequent N861
ZTE Whirl 2
ZTE Whirl Z660G
ZTE Zinger

Unsuccessful Device List
Apple iPad (1st gen - requires iOS 6.0)
Apple iPod touch (1st, 2nd, or 3rd gen - requires iOS 6.0) (whited00r will not work. firmware spoofing in ifile will not work. modifying perk plist will not work. processors are simply incompatible.)
Apple iPhone (Original/2G, 3G - requires iOS 6.0)
HTC Desire C
HTC Droid Eris (JB - Evervolv-Eligo 3.0.0p2, Evervolv 2.2.0b1)
HTC Evo 4G (JB, CM 10)
Huawei Valiant
LG Optimus S (CM9, CM 10, CM 11)
Motorola Admiral XT603
Motorola Photon 4G (JB, CM 10.1). Must use this build.prop from the post here #5141 (http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=73001042&postcount=5141)
T-Mobile G2x (EaglesBlood JellyBean 4.1.1, EaglesBlood IceCreamSandwich (AOSP) 4.0.4, EaglesBlood IceCreamSandwich (CM9) 4.0.3)

Banned Device List (PerkTV is designed only to operate on a mobile and tablet device)
Amazon FireTV and any Android based media devices that connect to your television and allow apps to run natively.
Bluestacks
VMWare/ Virtual Box with Android 4.4 RC1 (Bans Reported!) Confirmation from Perk. [facebook.com]

Ways to earn

-40 points daily (until 11:59 PM Central Time) for searches within the Perk browser/ Search on Perk's site [perk.com] (Points issued is varied, sometimes you will get up to 30 points per search each day but there is no guarantee. Check account activity [perk.com] to see how many points you have achieved so far.)
-10 points for daily videos

Mandatory Updates

The oldest versions of PerkTV no longer work. The app eventually stops rewarding views and gives an error requiring an update.

Videos Viewed Too Quickly

Occasionally you'll see this error when browsing videos. It's safe to ignore. You'll still be credited the next playthrough. There's no known way to avoid this entirely.

Redemption Period

As of 6/6/2014 rewards are now processed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cutoff for each day is in Central Time, Sunday 11:59 PM (Monday), Tuesday 11:59 PM (Wednesday) and Thursday 11:59 PM (Friday). If you do not make that window or redeem any other time during the week your rewards will be processed the following rewards day. If you are unclear on unsure as to when your points will be rewarded the email with the subject "Your Perk is on its way!" will tell you when they will arrive. http://imgur.com/sPuvWAC

To redeem your points you will need a phone number from any of the countries Perk currently supports (United States, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and India). It doesn't have to be the same number every time but you must be able to received a call or text message to verify. You will need to verify your account each time you redeem.

Perk usually finishes up processing rewards around 5-7 PM Central Time. They also usually post on their Facebook page [facebook.com] when they have completed for the day. If you have not received your rewards by then they ask that you submit a ticket [perk.com] to them.

The Perk Wallet app allows for slightly more flexibility in redemptions while using Perk's apps. One perk (sorry) of the app is that you can cancel and/or change accidental or incorrect redemptions before Perk rewards you. Also there are discount for certain vendors. As of 08/23/14 you get a discount on Amazon, iTunes, and PayPal redemtpions. To get the discount you must use the Wallet app. The discounts are as follows:

Amazon/iTunesPerk Points (Wallet discount)Perk Points (Normal)
$2524,250 (3%)25,000
$5048,500 (3%)50,000
$10097,000 (3%)100,000

PayPalPerk Points (Wallet discount)Perk Points (Normal)
$2533,250 (5%)35,000
$5066,500 (5%)70,000
$100133,000 (5%)140,000

Other Exploits

There have been reported cancellation of points for using the Cydia tweak fastforward.

Any use of ad-blocking is not allowed. Since in Android version 1.2.0, Perk has introduced a detection feature on all ad-blocking apps and modified HOSTS files with the intent of ad-blocking. Since Android version 1.2.2 the app requires root access which will remove entries in a modified HOSTS files with the intent of ad-blocking. The app will not open if any ad blocking apps are installed.

There have yet to be any bans for using Tasker/ FRep services to reenable video play on errors. But due to the updated TOS (4/09/14) all automation services and/or bots are not allowed. (10/11/2014) Some reddit users report reward cancellations for using Tasker/FRep.

Lastly your points will be cancelled for use of VPNs and Proxies.

Specific Version Highlights

For the Android 1.2.0 version, Perk has introduced a detection feature on all ad-blocking apps and modified HOSTS files with the intent of ad-blocking. It will no long run while they are installed. You will get the "This app can't continue." error on start-up.

Perk has introduced a Leaderboards feature which links via Facebook in the 1.8.0 version of the iPhone/touch app and version 1.2.7 of the Android app.

As of 4/10/2014, Version 1.6.1.0, of the Windows Phone version of Perk TV does not have an App Trailers section. This is just an FYI. It's not to encourage or discourage use. Just a statement of fact.

Perk released an Android Tablet version [google.com] today 4/23/14. They do not specifically list the devices that are compatible but hopefully we will have new entries soon enough as to which ones are working consistently.

As of 6/6/2014 the low bandwidth option has been added to every version of the app (Android, Android Tablet, iOS, iPad) except Windows Phone (Perk settings [top left motion - the List Icon aka Navicon {yup}] and enable 'low bandwidth'.) to help reduce overall usage and hopefully to include folks whose ISP enforces data capping. It reduces all trailers (App and Movie) from 480p to 240p. At this time most of the ads displayed in between trailers however are still at 480p. Yes the videos play faster, yes you make points quicker, yes it reduces stress on your equipment, and yes it helps reduce overall bandwidth. In short ideally you should be running PerkTV on your devices with the option enabled.

Users have reported typical data consumption at 170 MB / hour / device in standard resolution, and 90 MB / hour / device with the "low bandwidth" option selected. Your data consumption may vary depending on many factors including which device is being used, network hardware, ISP performance, etc.

In a perfect environment most users are earning roughly a $1 / device / day.

As of 10/11/14 on the iOS app Perk launched a new feature which allows you to receive points while watching tv. You choose the content you are watching and when the commercial plays you get 3 points per ad.

As of 10/18/14 Perk had made a new announcement concerning tokens and sweepstakes overall. There is a new Prize Mob feature. [youtube.com] More details are on the way.

Known Issues aka KI

The Windows app is currently listed as "in beta" and at times has issues automatically continuing after each video played. An unofficial list of devices which cannot play videos properly on Windows Phones is incoming. A workaround to the app not continuously playing videos is to move the device closer to your router. Apparently latency is a big issue with the Windows devices.

T&C Bullet Points (as of 10/8/2014) This is not the complete T&C, just the key points.
Perk is aimed at providing the best rewards program on Earth. As such, it's worth noting a few major items:
  1. Members are not permitted to attempt "gaming" or "hacking" the Perk program in any way.
  2. Members will not, under any circumstances, encourage other members to hack or game the Perk program including via online blogs, forums, groups, etc.
  3. Members are permitted to create one account per household. Multiple accounts via the same IP will require you to provide Government Identification in order to verify other members in the same household
  4. Members will not post referral links in an attempt to trick members through deceptive means, inaccurate descriptions, fake earning opportunities or other questionable methods as determined by the Perk staff
  5. Perk at its sole discretion will and can cancel or remove points from your account or suspend your account entirely if Perk has reasons to believe that rewards were earned through means that are against the Perk Terms & Conditions as well as the spirit of the guidelines. Examples of abuse that Perk's automated technology will flag and will not be tolerated include: extended inactivity, software that attempts to manipulate the program in any way, and app usage anomalies outside of normal behavior patterns.
  6. Violating any of these terms or any of the terms below will mean immediate revocation of earned points & rewards and potentially means being blacklisted from Perk in perpetuity.

Quick start guide for Android devices:
  1. Factory reset/wipe phone
  2. Do not log into Google account (skip)
  3. Turn on airplane mode (turn on wifi)
  4. (optional) Enable developer mode [askvg.com]enable always on
  5. Enable installation from unknown sources [wonderhowto.com]
  6. Check date/time [perk.com]
  7. Sideload APK (install PerkTV) 1.9.9: http://bit.ly/1CdCaEg (bit.ly so it's not hard to remember or type)
  8. Log in, enable low bandwidth, go.
*This is not a definitive list but a quick and efficient way to make sure you're consistently running a minimal amount of additional processes/apps while running PerkTV. You may modify the steps as you please such as adding a cache cleaner, delving deeper into the dev options to try and speed up processes even more, or even going through the apps installed and stopping/uninstalling anything not necessary to the operation of the device.

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I am running this app on an old iPod touch that was just collecting dust. I just let the advertisements play and collect the points. It is starting it's 3rd day now and I see that there is 2500+ points in my account.

Not a bad program if it allows me to keep this up but it's probably not worth if you do not have a device that you could dedicate to the cause.
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It has been running great on my old GNex. But yeah, it helps to have an old device you can dedicate.
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is there a daily limit?

vec, you are able to let it run 3 days non stop? once in a while my app will freeze. i am not sure if its a bandwidth/wifi, my phone, or their app issue
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is there a daily limit?

vec, you are able to let it run 3 days non stop? once in a while my app will freeze. i am not sure if its a bandwidth/wifi, my phone, or their app issue
No limits. But for some people report it can be a little crashy.
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What tab are you all using for videos? The app trailers tab or the movie trailers tab?
Does it even matter? It seems to just cycle through them on loop.
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What tab are you all using for videos? The app trailers tab or the movie trailers tab?
Does it even matter? It seems to just cycle through them on loop.
i doubt it matters. there are those daily video for 10 perks each but you need to launch them individually. i rather just let it loop nonstop with the reg videos for 4 perks each

i assume you guys do swagbucks tv too?
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i doubt it matters. there are those daily video for 10 perks each but you need to launch them individually. i rather just let it loop nonstop with the reg videos for 4 perks each

i assume you guys do swagbucks tv too?
App Trailers seem shorter, but if you start at App Trailers it moves to Movies Trailers once that category is complete. I run this with SwagbucksTV and EntertaiNow.
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i doubt it matters. there are those daily video for 10 perks each but you need to launch them individually. i rather just let it loop nonstop with the reg videos for 4 perks each

i assume you guys do swagbucks tv too?
OK thanks! I didn't quite "get" the Daily Video section, but now I do.

Yup, I do Swagbucks TV too. Got to multi-earn where you can! Wink
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is there a daily limit?

vec, you are able to let it run 3 days non stop? once in a while my app will freeze. i am not sure if its a bandwidth/wifi, my phone, or their app issue
It's been running 4 days now. I just leave the device on charge and let it run. Haven't had a problem with it freezing yet.

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What tab are you all using for videos? The app trailers tab or the movie trailers tab?
Does it even matter? It seems to just cycle through them on loop.
I use the app trailers. They seem to be a lot shorter and are worth the same amount of points.
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what kind of phone do you use? how many perks do you have now after 4 days? thx!
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what kind of phone do you use? how many perks do you have now after 4 days? thx!
I am using an iPod Touch. I am now at 4400+ half way through my 4th day now.
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wow that's great! you almost have 5000 which is good enough for a $5 amz gc. not bad for 4-5 days.

in comparison swagbucks has a 50 SB / day limit so it takes 9 days to get a $5 amz gc. i think i may run perk nonstop. maybe even starting a 2nd acct.
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wow that's great! you almost have 5000 which is good enough for a $5 amz gc. not bad for 4-5 days.

in comparison swagbucks has a 50 SB / day limit so it takes 9 days to get a $5 amz gc. i think i may run perk nonstop. maybe even starting a 2nd acct.
You may not need a second account. I did try running the app simultaneously on my iPhone along side the iPod and both devices seem to be registering the points on the same account.
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