How to Use Parental Controls

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Parental Controls lets you filter programs suitable for your children, ensuring they can watch and record only the content you approve. Parental Controls also lets you lock channels and set rating limits on movies and television shows. A passcode is required to view or record programs that exceed rating limits or are on locked channels.

Important notes about Parental Controls:

  • Parental Controls prevents anyone who does not have the passcode from watching or record a program that exceeds the limits you set; however, it does not prevent them from deleting a recording.
  • Parental Controls does not regulate Netflix, web videos, Hulu Plus, or other TiVo apps.
  • TV Rating Limit: You can block television shows rated TV-Y through TV-MA.
  • Movie Rating Limit: You can block television shows rated G through NC-17.

Using Parental Controls

To access Parental Controls:

Roamio Series and Premiere Series DVRs with HD menus

From TiVo Central > Settings & Messages > Parental Controls

Premiere Series DVRs with SD menus

From TiVo Central > Settings & Messages > Settings > Parental Controls

Series3 and Series2 DVRs

From TiVo Central > Messages & Settings > Settings > Parental Controls

Parental Control options

Temporarily turn off Parental Controls: This allows you to temporarily turn off Parental Controls. Parental Controls will automatically re-lock if the remote is not used within four hours, or if the TiVo DVR is put in Standby mode.

Rating Settings: This allows you to establish the TV and movie ratings you wish to restrict and/or allow.

Click here to view the various options available for Rating Settings.

NOTE: When a setting is in red, it is blocked. When a setting is in green, it is not blocked.

TV Rating Limit: You can block television shows rated TV-Y through TV-MA.

To select your settings, use the arrow up and down on your TiVo remote. When a rating is in red, it is unblocked. When it is in green, it is blocked.

For more information on the different ratings, click here.


Movie Rating Limit: You can block television shows rated G through NC-17.

To select your settings, use Arrow Up and Arrow Down on your TiVo remote. When a rating is in red, it is unblocked. When it is in green, it is blocked.

For more information on the different ratings, click here. Parents can also block AO, or Adult Only movies.


Block by TV Content:

  • D – Suggestive Language: TV-PG through TV-14
  • L – Language: TV-PG through TV-MA
  • S – Sexual Content: TV-PG through TV-MA
  • V – Violence: TV-PG through TV-MA
  • FV – Fantasy Violence: TV-Y7

To select your settings, use the arrow up and down on your TiVo remote. When a rating is in red, it is unblocked. When it is in green, it is blocked.

Block Unrated: You can allow or block unrated TV Programs and movies.


To select your settings, use the arrow up and down on your TiVo remote. When a rating is in red, it is unblocked. When it is in green, it is blocked.

Manage other ratings: Canadian customers can block both English and French channels based on the Canadian rating system for television and movies.

Channel Locks: This allows you to lock individual channels or all channels.

Change Pin: This allows you to change and/or reset the 4-digit Parental Control pin.

Turn off Parental Controls: This allows you to disable Parental Controls entirely.

 


Using Parental Controls on Series1, Series2, and Series3

NOTE: Parental Controls only work on programs in Now Playing and on channels that pass through the TiVo box. Programs that go directly from their source to the television without passing through the TiVo box will not be affected by Parental Controls.

To view Parental Controls:

  • Software versions 3.0-3.2: From TiVo Central > Messages & Setup > My Preferences > Parental Controls
  • Software version 4.0 and later: From TiVo Central > Messages & Setup > Settings > Preferences > Parental Controls
  • Software version 5.0 and later: From TiVo Central > Messages & Settings > Settings > Parental Controls

NOTE: While you are watching a program, you can also press the Right Arrow until you see the large channel banner, use the Up Arrow and Down Arrow to highlight the padlock icon on the channel banner, then press Select.

Parental Controls can be:

  • On: The padlock icon is locked and bright. When attempting to record, view or delete a program that exceeds Parental Controls, a screen with a Parental Controls message will prompt you to enter a password. After you enter the correct password, Parental Controls are temporarily disabled.
  • Temporarily Disabled: The padlock icon is open and bright. Any program or channel can be viewed, but a password is required to change Parental Controls settings.
  • Off: The padlock icon is open and dim. Anyone can view any program or watch any channel without entering a password. No password is required to change Parental Controls settings. Parental Controls are off when the TiVo box is first set up. If Parental Controls are turned on and then turned off, the password will be deleted. A new password will need to be selected if Parental Controls are turned back on.

You can choose whether Parental Controls will automatically re-lock after being temporarily disabled. There are two settings:

  • Auto Re-lock ON: If Parental Controls are temporarily disabled, they will automatically re-lock if the remote control has not been used in four hours, or if the TiVo box is put into standby mode.
  • Auto Re-lock OFF: Parental Controls will not automatically re-lock; they will remain disabled until you turn them back on, or until the TiVo box is put into standby mode.

If the TiVo DVR loses power for any reason, the Parental Controls will automatically re-lock when the power is restored.

 

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