ACMA Plan On Developing A Parental Lock Standard For Digital TV

ACMA doesn't want the kiddies to be able to watch TV that's meant for adults, so they've decided to develop a parental lock standard for digital TVs. Huzzah for technology!

At the moment, there are already devices on the market that feature a parental lock system, but there's no industry wide standard. And without an industry wide standard, there can be no mandating the parental lock to be a feature.

ACMA have a discussion paper running and are open to comments from interested parties up until April 2. This is actually a pretty good move fr the industry - it's great to enable parents to use technology to help control their children's viewing habits. Although it is a little late - it's not like they're going to be able to retrofit all the current devices without parental controls once they've settled on a standard, and it's not like people are going to upgrade just for this. Still, better late than never...


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    Provide tools for parents to use at their own discretion?

    Hang on, this is Australia, I thought we just banned adult material for everyone (games) or censor anything someone makes a complaint about (internet proposal).

    That will be an incredibly huge job. As i can think of it Sony, Microsoft, Apple, All TV manufacturers, and all PVR manufacturers will all have to have a say in it.

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