Parent Controls and Adult Channel Information
DonaldE1
Enthusiast - Level 1

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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Mek11
Newbie

I just locked the channels with a parental lock and that also blocked the titles in my guide. Hope this helps

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Vince100
Enthusiast - Level 3

I went to try the new settings and block the sexually explicit channels, but I couldn't find them to block them.

Are they no longer being carried?

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Edg1
Community Leader
Community Leader

Verizon discontinued adult content 2/18. There is no adult content to block any longer.

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Mek11
Newbie

I blocked the channels with a parental lock and the titles didn’t display anything in my guides.

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kbrown141
Newbie

I need Verizon to create more filters to hide titls for specific channels.  I want to block the names of all shows rated X (the adult/pornographic stations - channels 950 -1005).  The only option through parental controls is to hide ALL titles for NC-17 and TV-MA show ratings as well adult-oriented titles.  I only want to hide titles that are X rated.  Some of these names are highly inappropriate for any child to see.  Verizon REALLY REALLY needs to create an option to hide the names of specific channels just like you can block these channels.  If a channel is blocked, the name should automatically be hidden unless you choose otherwise.  All adult movies are NOT in the same category -  big difference in titles for R rated films and X rated films.  The current option means that I don't even see the title of any R or TV-MA movies.  I have children and I need Verizon to please please do something about this immediately!!  You have the functionality so please just create more filters for "Hide Title" options.  Thank you.

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Edg1
Community Leader
Community Leader

When you go into Parental Controls go to “Advanced Settings”

Under “Block by Channel” and block the Adult channels like 950, 951 , and so on. 

Go to “Block by Content Rating”  then in “Checkable Ratings” block X

Go to “Control On Demand Sharing” and check Hide Remote On Demand. 

Last go to “Adult Information and select Hide Adult Info. 

That should take care of everything in the Guide without hiding non-adult titles. 

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CRobGauth
Community Leader
Community Leader

You can use these features to block access to these channels, but they and their show descriptions will still show in guide.

only option for now is to either change guide to subscribed channels or to create favorites.

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Edg1
Community Leader
Community Leader

@CRobGauth wrote:

You can use these features to block access to these channels, but they and their show descriptions will still show in guide.

only option for now is to either change guide to subscribed channels or to create favorites.


I understand. Just throwing out all the ways to block content. Unfortunately there are way around it. Even if favorites/subscribed is set you can still tune to the channel unless it’s blocked. 

You can hide adult information but it knocks out TV-MA. Which I don’t understand people complaining about that because you can turn it off when the kids are not around. 

Basically in the end it’s not Verizon’s job to watch people’s kids. It’s the parents job. 

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Vince100
Enthusiast - Level 3

I'm not saying Verizon should force anything on thier subscribers.  I'm not saying they should remove any programming.  I'm saying they should provide the tools so subscribers can make the choices that are right for them.

Verizon has not provided the tools.

(Ironicly, the TV rating system was created so parents had the tools to parent their children.)

Edg1
Community Leader
Community Leader

I can understand that turning off and on Parental Controls is annoying but I find the easiest thing to do is select Hide Adult Info in the Advanced Settings.

Once that is done it will show Blocked Title in the Guide. Unfortunately it also blocks TV-MA. It’s very easy to turn on and off by hitting Options on the remote and OK on Parental Controls from there use can toggle on and off. 

Off of course requires the pin and you can select Turn off permanently or for 4 hours. 

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Vince100
Enthusiast - Level 3

I appreciated the suggestions, but turning something on and off on a regular basis and continuously tracking whether or not it is on or off, is not really what users are asking for here.

They have the software programming in the cable box to block watching shows on a specific channel.  They have the programming to block the text describing specific kinds of programs.  Adding software programming to block the text on a specific channel would be an easy addition, that would satisfy a valid and long standing request.

Lucy221
Enthusiast - Level 2

The capabilities are absolutely available, this should not be technically difficult. I am trying to prevent my kids (or anyone in my house including me!) from seeing OBSCENE and very graphic, very descriptive titles. There are very few channels (3?4?) that offer this content. I should be able to opt-out if them entirely or turn off the titles without affecting or having to constantly turn on and off the content I want. It’s inane! 

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CRobGauth
Community Leader
Community Leader

Unfortunately it comes down to cost.

I don't believe any provider offers that type of filtering.

Plus what happens when the content providers start to change their descriptions to skip the words people would most commonly filter on (like spam emails did when word filtering started up).

That's why ratings are done on content not descriptions.

Vince100
Enthusiast - Level 3

Agreed.  Filtering for words and themes in language would be hard.  But that's why I previously posted a very simple solution that would be a simple modification of existing features that already exist in the cable box.

The cable box can block watching shows on a specific channel. The cable box can block showing titles and descriptions based on rating.  Adding a feature to block the titles and descriptions on a specific channel would be an easy addition.

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Vince100
Enthusiast - Level 3

To drive home the point.  The forum rules do not allow me to cut and paste the explicit and sexual language from the Verizon online channel guide into the forum.

However, this same language is allowed in the cable box without the proper tools to block it.   I'd like to be able to live by the same rules in my home that this forum has.

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Lucy221
Enthusiast - Level 2

They now have an X category! In parental controls (advanced settings) you can block channels entirely (although one channel still appeared) and block titles rated X. It worked! 

CRobGauth
Community Leader
Community Leader

It starts with the program ratings. They are TV-MA not X. So how would you exclude those titles you don't want to see?

Have you tried creating lists of favorite channels that don't include those channels?

Or set the guide to subscribed channels only?

That way, those channels won't show up in guide.

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pzulw
Enthusiast - Level 3

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.

tns2
Community Leader
Community Leader

I am not sure if it hides them or just doesn't let you show them without a password, but you can restrict X rated.  Obviously doesn't help if the Porn is not correctly marked.

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Vince100
Enthusiast - Level 3

Yes you can access the title with a PIN.  But blocking all TV-MA titles requires a great deal of entering of the PIN just to find out what it is you aren't being shown.  And there are a lot of non-adult programs that don't use sexually explicit language that are rated TV-MA.

The real solution is to block titles and descriptions by channel and not by rating.

You can read my previous posts for more detail.

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