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Get mobile websites and games right on your TiVo DVR!


Add Enter Webz to your TiVo DVR!


Enter Webz Stats

High Scores on some Enter Webz Games

Enter Webz default list of App links



Web Pages that work

Media Formats that work

Security, Privacy, and How it Works

Answers to your Questions

How do I customize it?

Can you add _____.com to Enter Webz?

______.com isn’t working!

How can I type on Enter Webz?

Can you make Enter Webz do _______?

Can I advertise my website/app on Enter Webz?







Web Pages that work

Web page features that don't work

Media Formats that work

Security, Privacy, and How it Works

Enter Webz Network Diagram

Because your home network is behind a firewall, Enter Webz at enterwebz.tv is unable to display webpages from devices on your home network such as a home media server or pyTivo.  

If you instead run your own copy of Enter Webz from your home computer, it is behind the firewall, too, and can see this information.

Enter Webz on your home computer also stores your thumztaks, cookies, etc. on your computer, and your remote control and keyboard button presses do not go across the Internet.

Enter Webz home network Diagram




Answers to your Questions

How do I customize it?

Save your own thumztaks

To save a page you are on, press Thumbs Up to make a thumztak.  Use Thumbs Down to delete the thumztak.  To save a link you have selected, press Record to make a thumztak of it.

Press Play to open the thumztak list.

Enter on a thumztak lets you change groups and rename.

Thumbs Down on a thumztak deletes it.

Type Numbers to move the thumztak to that position in the list.

Change the App list

Enter on a thumztak lets you move thumztaks to/from the App list.
The thumztaks in the Apps folder show up in the TiVo’s Apps list.  The thumztaks in the Apps/videoApps/photos, and Apps/music genre folders show up on the TiVo’s Apps list with genre-specific icons.  Apps/photos and Apps/music show up in the “Music and Photos” list on TiVo HD UIs.  Additional folders under Apps or genres show up as a folder-named App.

Startup Media

Any music or video media can be set to always play on startup of Enter Webz (e.g. a shoutcast radio station).  When the media is playing, press Info and select it under “On Startup.”  You can also select “Live TV” to start up with your TiVo’s current TV station.

Text Size

Depending on the size of your TV and distance from the couch, you might want to keep the text larger or smaller than default.

Press Info then select one of the numbered font sizes to make that the default.

While viewing a web page, you can press Numbers to select the text sizes temporarily or press 0 to restore the one you selected from the menu.  Note, if a page uses numeric shortcuts, pressing Numbers activate the shortcuts instead.


Depending on your model of TV, you may not need so much “overscan” space around it.

Press Info and press the “Maximize” mode button to see if it works for your TV to show more at once.


Websites have bright white backgrounds by default.  This can be much too bright on a TV.

Press the D (green) action button (if you have one) to toggle the Dimmer, or press  the Info button and select the “Dimmer” mode button.


Can you add _____.com to Enter Webz?

Actually, YOU can.  Add your favorite website as an Enter Webz thumztak: press Play, select “Enter a new URL” and type the URL.  When you’re happy with the page, hit Thumbs Up to save the thumztak.  You may then edit the thumztak however you wish.

First explore the website from your computer to find the best mobile page or RSS feed link to make the page simple for Enter Webz (try “m.thewebsite.com” or “mobile.thewebsite.com”).  Remember, some websites simply won’t work right and can even cause your TiVo to reboot.  

If the URL includes a hashtag anchor at the end of the URL, the page will begin at that location in the page.  Protip: any part of the page identified with an ID can use that ID as a hashtag anchor to begin at that part’s location in the page.

Eventually, I hope to promote popular links from users, and add some of them as defaults for new users.  If you find something especially good, please contact me so I can share it with everybody else!


______.com isn’t working!


(EWz changed providers so this is not a problem now)

Twitter has my hosting provider blocked due to bad actions by some other customer.  I have been trying to get them to understand the situation and get unblocked, but if Enter Webz isn’t connecting, they don’t get it yet.

Google (Gmail, Voice, etc.):

Should work now.

While it works initially, Google prompts for a re-login a week or two later.  Something about this process breaks and the login doesn’t “stick.”  The only current fix is to clear cookies.  This clears cookies for ALL of your thumztaks.  (Clear cookies: press Info and then press Thumbs Down three times)

Google Calendar:

Something (probably the same as the re-login problem above) causes it to get in a loop and give up.

Yahoo (mail, calendar, etc.):

Should work now.

Yahoo’s login doesn’t work when Enter Webz is pretending to be a mobile browser.  If you press Info and select “Mobile Mode” to turn it off, you can login OK.  However, most websites work better in “Mobile Mode” and if you go back to Yahoo with “Mobile Mode” on, your login will be broken again.


Let me know! I’ll check into it.  Things to try:


How can I type on Enter Webz?

For any text field with a basic remote, you can enter Numbers, dash (Advance), comma (Replay), period (Record), backspace/space (Reverse/Forward), or Clear.  


Enter Webz supports typing with the TiVo Slide remote or any USB keyboard plugged into the back of the TiVo.  This works on any text field, or on the Enter Webz Text Entry page.


The Enter Webz Text Entry page is opened when you click Select on any text field or selections like “Enter a new URL” or “Edit Name.”


The Enter Webz Text Entry page allows you to use the remote to select characters below the text area, move the cursor within the text area in the middle (Left/Right/Replay/Advance), and complete the current word with common words above the text area.  

To enter numbers, use the remote Number buttons in the text area in the middle.  Number buttons pressed from below or above the text area select that numbered word completion.

Channel Up/Down can quickly select the three areas.

Reverse and Forward are used for Backspace and Space, respectively.

Clear clears (and un-clears) the entire text area.


Can you make Enter Webz do _______?

Feel free to ask for improvements.  I aim to please, but some things just aren’t appropriate for Enter Webz since it is general purpose.  Many other things can’t be done due to limitations of the TiVo DVR itself.


Can I advertise my website/app on Enter Webz?

Yes!  Please contact me for details.  Your ad can be presented in one of many forms such as new user default thumztaks, featured links/banners in the thumztak list, TiVo app-like links/banners above or below the fold, or pass-through links to your self-developed TiVo HME App.