Lack of parental controls hit on-demand services

December 31, 2009

It seems that next year could be become the year when parental controls become a thorn in the side of video-on-demand and catch-up TV services.

This is because the organisation founded by Mary Whitehouse, Mediawatch UK, is planning a campaign to make broadcasters offer users more controls that allow parents to restrict what their children are watching via these services.

Mediawatch claims that the BBC iPlayer and the Channel Four service 4oD both offer content that, because it is on demand, renders the watershed virtually useless.

According to recent research carried out by the regulator Ofcom, it seem that less than a third of parents use the parental controls provided by these services and in many cases it is the children who have to show their parents how these systems work in the first place.


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