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Parent Controls and Adult Channel Information

Parent Controls and Adult Channel Information

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Contributor DonaldE
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Please change the way the Parent Controls and the Adult Channel Information is acuated. IF you block the Adult Channel information it also blocks information of other programming that you do want to see. Could you please just make a blocking of ADULT Channel content material in the guide only and don't make the block so broad a scope.  If I set the block it blocks more than just the adult channels, some of the programming such as (The Americans) is even blocked because of the rating of the program.

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Contributor Vince100
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Registered: ‎04-25-2018
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PROBLEM:

Sexually explicit language is being broadcast into our homes as part of the Verizon channel guide.

 

The sexually explicit titles and desciptions of adult programming is in the channel guide 24/7.

 

This language is too explicit for me to post it on this forum, but it is consistenly broadcast into our homes.

 

NO CURRENT SOLUTION:

There is not a current way to ONLY block the sexually explicit text.  There is a hide adult information option in the set top boxes, but it also includes TV-MA programming.  This then makes a significant portion of programming we are paying for, that doesn't use sexually explicit language, virtually invisible to the customer.

 

SUGGESTED SOLUTION:

Add an option to hide information for user selected channels.  

There is already an option to protect viewing programming on user selected channels by PIN, and and option to hide certain information.  This should be an easy way to solve this issue based on existing functionality.  And the sexually explicit text is related to a handful of channels that are decicated to this type of programming.

 

Please take what I see as a significant flaw in Verizon service into consideration.

MVP CRobGauth MVP
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I believe most providers block based off the show ratings not the actual content.

Its a more simplistic system. Box just has to read the rating.


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Contributor Vince100
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I appriate your attention and advice on this matter, but I don't believe this helps.

 

The problem is the ratings for the programming of several non-pornagraphic programs and pornagraphic programs (like Brazzers) are both TV-MA.  But the pornagraphic programs use sexually explicit language in thier titles and descriptions.  So by using the hide adult information option to hide the sexually explicit language you hide a significant percentage of the programming you are paying for.  Anything rated TV-MA (like The Walking Dead) becomes essentially invisible.

 

Here's an example of what I am talking about.  This comes from the online Verizon channel guide and is the same text used on the channel guides on the cable boxes.

 

 

I don't think this is acceptable, but it's easily found on Verizon's website and cable box channel guides.  So I'm not posting anything here that any Verizon customer isn't currently exposed to.  And there is no feature that allows this to be hidden from children in the house without making all TV-MA shows invisible in the channel guide.

 

There is a clear and significant need to alter cable box functionality.

 

MVP CRobGauth MVP
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This is the standard I beleive most if not all cable boxes follow.

How does Verizon know what programs you deem appropriate?

Plenty of shows with no sexually explicit info in titles and descriptions but have explicit language and nudity within the program.

Your definition of pornographic can differ from others.

Unfortunately, all we have is the program ratings at this time.

Just like movie ratings.


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Contributor Vince100
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I realize ratings are not likely to change.  Fine.

 

This is why my suggestion is to hide information based on channel instead of by rating.

 

The truly sexually explicit langauge is coming from a couple of channels (Playboy, Brazzers, RKTV).  I'm fine with the channels and programming, but if they are going to use sexually explicit language their must be an option to block that language without blocking a signficant percentage of programming (ie all TV-MA shows.)

 

Currently there is no such option.

 

If you don't understand what I mean by sexually explicit, read what I cut and pasted into my last post from the channel guide.  Go read the channel guide show titles and descriptions for the 3 channels I mentioned.  Would you read that text to a friend, or family member, or child?  Would you want a child to be able to access and read that text on a regular basis?

MVP CRobGauth MVP
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Message 7 of 23
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Your post doesn't show.

Probably because it was sexually explicit.

And I understand what these channels show.

You can remove these channels from your guide by creating a list of favorites and setting the guide to use them.

And unless you watch a plethora of TV-MA, is it that difficult to have to enter your pin to watch them to shield others from these descriptions?


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Contributor Vince100
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First off, thank you for your continued interest and responses on this topic.

 

There is a feature to block watching TV-MA programs with a PIN.  You can see the show titles and descriptions, but you need a PIN to watch the program.  This is a good feature and I use it.  

There is a different feature to hide adult information.  This option will block the show titles and descriptions in the channel guide for all TV-MA programs.  So they all appear as BLOCKED TITLE.

If you use this hide adult information option, it's not a matter of the inconvience of needing a PIN to watch a program.  It's a matter of serveral programs ("adult" and "non-adult") becoming invisible as they will all be displayed as BLOCKED TITLE in the channel guide.

 

Also, it's clear that the text I am calling sexually explicit and inappropriate is also considered inapparpriate by Verizon since they are stripping it from my posts.

Copper Contributor pzulw
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Message 9 of 23
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For my children I wanted to hide to porn movie titles.

 

But I still want to see listings for Last Week Tonight, Westworld, Game of Thrones, etc.

 

Currently we can only hide TV-MA, but that hides too much. 

We need a setting for hiding porn titles.

 

MVP CRobGauth MVP
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I believe this is how most providers work.

There are agreed upon standards for the TV ratings.

Who decides what TV ma  shows are ok to include but others not.

You could try creating  a set of favorite channels and use that instead.Then you can skinny channels you don't want to see.

 


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