Parental Locks On TV Tuners Compulsory From 2011

Starting February 4 next year, the ACMA has decreed that all devices with a digital TV tuner must include a parental lock feature that will allow parents to lock off certain programming for younger viewers.

The most important element of this decision isn't that ACMA has finally started thinking of the children, but that the feature isn't compulsory to use - most likely because they simply can't. So come February next year, your new TV or STB will probably have the feature sitting in the TV's menu system, deactivated by default and never ever switched on by anybody ever. Just like console parental control options.

I hate to think how much time, money and effort was put into this idea...

[ACMA via Lifehacker] [Picture by wwworks]

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