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Old 12-14-2010, 11:46 PM
dcanova dcanova is offline
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SageTV v7 PARENTAL CONTROLS needs an update, already?

There are some TV shows on cable television that are rated TV-MA, for “adult humor, language, etc”, that I have a difficult time enforcing parental controls for. As you know, when BMT imports the TV show descriptions, it also imports the TV show or movie ratings as well, and it does a great job tagging the appropriate rating to each TV show or movie I record or have in my collection.

THE PROBLEM: There isn’t a check box for TV-MA under Parental Controls, so when anyone attempts to play a TV show that is rated TV-MA, it PLAYS. There is no prompt for a Parental Code, even though I have checked the check-box for TV-M.

I did a little research and found the following:
“According to the “TV Parental Guidelines” system, a TV-MA rating means the program may be unsuitable for those below 17. This rating was originally TV-M in early 1997 but was changed because of a trademark dispute and to remove confusion with the ESRB's "M for Mature" rating for video games.”

So, in other words, the TV-M rating was discontinued back in 1997 and replaced with TV-MA rating.

This means the Parental Controls TV ratings listed in SageTV Parental Controls panel needs to be updated to reflect the "TV Parental Guidlines" that were changed over 13 years ago. (Don't feel bad, I did not know about this change either, until today.)

So obviously, the reason for posting this thread is that there is no check box for TV-MA, just TV-M, -- which was discontinued back in 1997. (I do not know if you want to keep TV-M on the list just in case some users have older TV shows that still have that rating.)

As a parent of a family who owns 3 SageTV extenders in our home, adding TV-MA to the Parental Controls is an important feature that I hope you can fix “VERY SOON”.

Since the TV-MA rating has been in place since 1997, (or since the TV-M rating was discontinued in 1997), --- either way you look at it, --- I find it surprising (or maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised) that I am the first parent to report this shortcoming to you or that I am the first parent to request that the TV-MA rating be included in the SageTV Parental Controls.
– Thank you for your help.
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