[mythtv-users] [OFF TOPIC] "Parental Blocks" for commercials

Brad DerManouelian myth at dermanouelian.com
Fri Jan 12 19:02:59 UTC 2007

On Jan 12, 2007, at 10:17 AM, Blammo wrote:

> I realize we can skip commercials with Myth, which I do, however, I
> had a thought the other day.
> I'd REALLY REALLY like to see a required parental rating on
> Commercials. When we do watch live events (football etc) it's a real
> pain to have movie promos that would give adults nightmares, showing
> up on breaks during the game. Just like TV's now come with parental
> blocks for programs, I wish commercials had to abide by the same
> guideines. Give me 60 seconds of gray screen with no audio, till it's
> over.
> Before someone gets on the "be a responsible parent" bandwagon, I'm
> the person sitting there covering my kids eyes, and muting the TV so
> they don't hear about "serial killers with 300 victims" in the middle
> of a NFL playoff game.
> How would one go about pushing an issue like this? Is it even viable?

Much like movie trailers are rated for content and only shown in  
movies whose rating level is => the rating level of the trailer. I  
imagine the FCC would have to be lobbied to institute such a thing  
for television. They're the ones that hand out the fines for  
broadcasting "inappropriate" material.

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