Update: 28th December 2012 Updated a number of screens, updated Mobile section. Added details on Sending Feedback and Tumblr.
Update: 16th August 2012 We've updated the Getting Started guide to include new screenshots and info as well as adding some new sections and removing out of date information.
How Does SpoilerTV Work?
New people are visiting SpoilerTV all the time and to avoid people emailing the staff asking questions about how to use the site, how to stay updated etc etc. we have put together this section which explains everything about the site.
If you want to know how to get the most out of SpoilerTV, read this guide...
Working Your Way Around The Site
Navigation of the Home Page - All Content
The site's homepage, spoilertv.com provides a constant stream of TV news, information, spoilers, teasers, reviews &articles from across the globe. The most current item is at the top of the page.
Clicking on a post title will take you to the content of that post as well as giving you the ability to view any comments that have been left or to add your own thoughts.
Instead of clicking on the post title, you now have the option to pop out the content of a specific post. This is done by clicking on the blue TV Screen symbol to the left of the post title:
Clicking this will pop open the specific content without leaving the homepage:
Finding Show Specific Content
Instead of searching through tons of all the content to find information on specific shows, you can search for that individual show in a few ways.
1. Find the show you want on the main menu bar at the top of the homepage. Shows are sorted by US network, for example 'Fringe' can be found under 'FOX':
2. You can also find the show by selecting it from the Drop-Down menu (Alphabetical Order) on the right hand side of the homepage:
3. Clicking one of the 'Labels' that can be found attached to every post on the site:
Submitting TV Scoop
SpoilerTV relies on you, as TV fans to help us bring as much TV content as possible onto the website. To do that you can 'Submit a Scoop' by clicking on the Start or Features Menu and select'Submit Scoop' in the menu bar.
Clicking 'Submit a Scoop' will bring you to a Pop-Up Box where you simply enter name, email address, the website url of where you found the information (for us to validate) and then a description of what you have found. Click Submit and it will arrive with the SpoilerTV staff:
Keeping Up To Date With SpoilerTV/ Social Media Interation
SpoilerTV has many ways to keep on top of the latest news and content through a wide variety of systems and social media websites:
Nowadays thousands of people are following SpoilerTV on twitter, where we have automatically set up live updates so as soon as content is put on the site, Twitter knows about it; and therefore so do you. We have over 30 specific show twitter feeds for you as well. Find all of our Twitter Feeds HERE
2. RSS Feeds
SpoilerTV also provides you with a large number of RSS Feeds that you can use in your favourite feedreaders or use in any widgets such as iGoogle etc. To view the RSS Feeds available simply head HERE and scroll down to select which feeds you want to subscribe too.
SpoilerTV also have a Facebook page where you can get all the latest content straight to your wall, all you need to do is 'Like' the group by following the link HERE.
We also have show specific Facebook Pages for some of the most popular shows. You can see a Full List Here.
We also have a Google+ Page for those on Google new service. You can view our page here.
We also have a Tumblr Page here.
Not everyone likes Twitter or RSS Feeds and prefers a more relaxed and less immediate form of staying up to date. We also provide a simple Daily Digest Email that will email you daily and list all the new content that has been posted since your previous Daily Digest arrived. This is a great way to ensure you don't miss anything or if you are on the road. Simple use the form below to signup.
Google Chrome Extension
Recently we introduced our very own extension for any Chrome users. This will alert you in your browser whenever there is new content on show or shows that you specify. We already have over 3,000 users using this. Try it out, you won't be disappointed.
To download our Google Chrome Extension page, head HERE
If you've not used the Chrome Browser yet I cannot stress enough how much you should use it. It's the fastest and most secure browser currently available.
Firefox and Safari Extensions
If you prefer to use Firefox or Safari we also have Extension for these Browsers. See this post for full details.
Instant Email Service
We also offer an instant email service, whereby you can also receive an instant email as soon as a new post is made.
You can see how to set this up HERE
The SpoilerTV Community & Commenting
One of the things we pride ourselves on is the friendly community of people from around the world that visit our site on a daily basis. There are several tools/sites that we use to help build this community further.
Each post that appears on SpoilerTV provides you with the ability to comment on it. We love reading your comments/questions and try to answer any questions you have. It's also a great way to find new friends who also share the same interests in your shows.
The commenting system is pretty easy to use. Simply type in your comment and press the Post Button. If you are already logged in then your comment will be posted immediatly, if you're not logged in your will be prompted to. You can log on using your Facebook, Twitter, OpenID, Disqus and/or Yahoo accounts or you can simply post as a guest with an Name/Email.
Also when you are viewing a post, you can see the most recent comments that have been posted on the site in the right-hand side bar.
2. Tweet Buttons
You can tweet articles that you like by clicking the Tweet Button to the right of the post:
Then click Tweet with the text you want written on your Twitter Feed:
By doing this you help us to grow and promote the site, so do it as much as you can.
You can show your appreciation also for an article by clicking on the Google+1 Button.
If you like an article, please use the Facebook Like button that appears under each article.
5. Popular Posts
One the right hand sidebar there is a widget that shows the Top 5 most popular posts for the past 7 Days.
A few years ago we added a Forum to the site and in those 3 years we've had over 600,000 posts, 21,000 Topics, and close to 15,500 people sign up. It's a very friendly place to not only discuss your shows, spoilers and news etc but also join in a number of fun other discussions and games. There are also a number of non-tv related sub-forums. Have a look around and sign up... it's free :)
The SpoilerTV Team
Interested in who puts all the website together? Well, we now have a page where everyone who works and adds content in any shape or form to SpoilerTV is featured and you can check out the team HERE You can also follow the team on Facebook & Twitter from here.
SpoilerTV on your Mobile
We've designed SpoilerTV to be as Mobile Friendly as possible with all the latest smartphones and if you have one of the latest Android Phones the flash videos etc should all work.
Simply goto our Mobile Site here.
Our Videos should work with most popular Smartphones and you can filter by Show by clicking the "Select your Show" option at the top of the page.
We also have a SpoilerTV APP for iPhone, iPad and Android.
See this post for full details on how to use them
You can get the Android App here: http://bit.ly/SpoilerTVAndroid
You can get the iPhone, iPad version here: http://goo.gl/U031Q
The SpoilerTV Dashboard
So what is SpoilerTV Plus Dashboard?
Basically it's a complete front end for all SpoilerTV users to customise their SpoilerTV experience. This does NOT replace the existing SpoilerTV.com site, this is like an added extra. Some of the key features are:
- Customisable Show Favourites to display just the information you want.
- Comprehensive Episode Database from over 180 shows
- Nielsen Ratings for all the Major US TV Shows
- Ratings charts and comparisons.
- The Episode Database will have future episodes titles for a large number of shows before any other site.
- Calendar Features to see when your shows are on
- Quick access to Promotional Photos, Promos, Sneak Peeks and Press Releases.
- Popular Shows and Network Charts
- Highly Configurable with more configuration options coming.
- Ability to Rate Shows
- Current Status of each show along with Artwork and Show Descriptions
To access the site you go here
Please take some time to read the online help file here
And you can see the recent changes in our Release Notes here
We also have a dedicated Twitter Account for all STVPlus news and updates here. It is HIGHLY recommended that you follow this account to be kept up to date with any updates and downtimes etc.
This is just the first release of the system and there are likely to be some issues. If you have any questions, suggestions, bugs etc please use the Feedback from here.
Or in the comments below, or by emailing me directly.
All the above links can be easily found on the STVPlus dashboard.
As mentioned this is just the first of several releases we have planned for STVPlus and new releases will have new features and functionality.
Some of the things we hope to include are: Support for Multiple Sneak Peeks, Ratings Statistics, Improved Calendar, Article Sorting, User Submission Forms, Email Alerts, Browser Notifications, Colour Themes, Mobile Support, as well as any ideas you come up with.
This is all brought to you free of charge thanks to the awesome developers, helpers and the SpoilerTV team who help populate this data for you.
So jump on in to http://www.stvplus.com and let us know what you think in the comments.
SpoilerTV Video Portal Page
This video page will allow you to view nearly all the videos that we've posted on the site in one convenient place and is a great way to catch up on any video you may have missed.
To use the player simply goto the Video Portal Page and start browsing. At the Top Right of the player you will see the list of Channels that we have created. There are channels for Behind the Scenes, Sneak Peeks, Promos, Movies etc. You can scroll through the channels by using the little Left and Right Arrows and then clicking on the Channel Name.
Also, an added benefit is that you can also add this Video Player/Portal onto your site. Simply copy the embed code from HERE and paste it onto your site. Your readers will also get the latest videos as soon as we post them.
Any video that you play, you can easily copy it to your site or blog by clicking on the Share button and copying the embed code. You can then paste that code onto your site/blog so that others can view it.
We're always looking for you to help us make the site better, and you can do that by clicking on the "Send Feedback" link at the bottom of every page of via the top menu and letting us know what you would like to see on SpoilerTV in the future.
If you have any questions/issues please feel free to post in the comments below.
If there are any additions to this "Getting the most of" page please let us know in the comments below.