V-Chip

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V-chip

[′vē ‚chip]
(communications)
An electronic device that can be programmed to prevent viewing of television programs.

V-Chip

An electronic circuit in a TV that parents can use to block TV programs they consider objectionable for their children. The FCC mandated that post January 1, 2000, all TVs 13" and larger contain the V-Chip. TV programs are rated, based on violence and sexual content, and this rating is transmitted in the TV's vertical blanking interval (VBI). The V-Chip is a programmable closed-caption controller chip that decodes the signals. For existing TVs, a V-Chip set-top box can be added.
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We're going to have one a year before televisions have to start including the v-chip.
We commend the Action Group Against Violence On Television (AGVOT) for its steadfast effort in making the new Canadian v-chip ratings a reality.
While the coming of the so-called V-chip (the ``V'' stands for violence) and a television rating system have been the focus of controversy and disdain from reluctant networks, at least some parents are anticipating them with relief.
The Tele-Communications Act requires all new television sets to be equipped with the V-chip.
This means that by February 28, 2001, the Canadian broadcast system will be V-chip ready.
Electronic devices or so-called V-chips for television in homes, while perhaps effective with very young children, are also of limited value, especially if used without parental interaction.
The author argues that because electronics are now outfitted with V-chips, Internet filters, and parental controls, consumers can now adjust their viewing and listening patterns to suit their own values and morals.
And then there's a bit where some Parents Television Council says it's a jungle out there and we should install V-chips directly into the cerebral cortex of every American.
The E/I rating is not recognized by V-Chips or by parental controls on cable or satellite set-top boxes.
Through their entire childhood, they have witnessed rising concern over movie and TV ratings, zero tolerance in the classroom, V-chips, urban curfews, and other family mechanisms to protect the children.
However, with approximately 250,000 v-chips already installed throughout Canada, they are clearly the wave of the future.