Company will pay you to binge watch true crime documentaries

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Calling all fans of true crime: A streaming service will pay you $1,000 if you can binge watch 24 hours of true crime documentaries and share your experience on social media.

MagellanTV, a niche streaming service for documentary fans, is taking applications from stay-at-home sleuths who can “survive 24 hours of true crime.” You technically will have 48 hours to watch the pre-selected lineup of shows, which includes documentaries about cult leader and convicted murderer Charles Manson, a documentary about online dating called “Murder on the Internet,” and a small docuseries on “Crimes that Made History.” In that series, the first episode focused on Jack the Ripper, who terrorized London in the late 1880s.

In all, whoever nabs this chilling gig will be tasked with watching 16 programs.

In exchange for completing the crime-watching binge and sharing your experiences on social media, you’ll receive $1,000, plus a 1-year free membership to MagellanTV and three 3-month memberships to share with family or friends.

Does this sound like a dream gig, and do you have the guts to apply? When you fill out the online application form, you’ll be asked to explain the “role true crime plays in your life” in 100 words or less. You’ll also be queried about your current true-crime TV watching habits and to link to your social media accounts. MagellanTV encourages applicants to upload a video with their applications.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. EST May 4, 2020.

For the record, enjoying true crime as entertainment is absolutely normal. Psychologists explain that a lot is at play, but a fascination with true crime can help us feel more prepared should we find ourselves in a dangerous situation while also allowing us to explore our fears in a controlled setting, among other things.

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If you’re finding yourself looking for new shows or movies to watch while sheltering in place at home, consult our guide to choosing a streaming service. A few hundred streaming services exist today. In addition to the mainstream services you may be familiar with already, like Hulu and Netflix, more niche services have emerged that cater to viewers who are drawn to certain genres.

MagellanTV falls into this niche category, with a catalog of more than 1,500 documentaries from around the world. Monthly plans start at $6.99 per month, but you can save with an annual plan ($59.88 a month) or by subscribing to a quarterly plan ($17.97) for three months.

Do you think you could stand to watch 24 hours of true crime?

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Hi, I'm Brittany Anas (pronounced like the spice, anise ... see, that wasn't too embarrassing to say, now was it?) My professional writing career started when I was in elementary school and my grandma paid me $1 for each story I wrote for her. I'm a former newspaper reporter, with more than a decade of experience Hula-hooping at planning meetings and covering just about every beat from higher-education to crime to science for the Boulder Daily Camera and The Denver Post. Now, I'm a freelance writer, specializing in travel, health, food and adventure. I've contributed to publications including Men's Journal, Forbes, Women's Health, American Way, TripSavvy, Eat This, Not That!, Apartment Therapy, Denver Life Magazine, 5280, Livability, The Denver Post, Simplemost, USA Today Travel Tips, Make it Better, AAA publications, Reader's Digest, Discover Life and more. Learn More.