Prism® TV: Lock programs by ratings using Parental Controls

You can use Parental Controls to lock programs by ratings. You can choose the highest rating you want to allow to be viewed without entering a PIN. For example, if you have children, you may want to choose a setting that allows only programs appropriate for children to view.

You can use parental controls to lock by rating for both television and movie ratings.

Locking TV Programs by Rating

  1. To lock programs based on rating, press the MENU key to bring up the main menu.
  2. Use the DOWN ARROW key to select SETTINGS and press OK.
  3. Use the DOWN ARROW key to select CONTROL CONTENT and press OK.
  4. Press OK again to select PARENTAL LOCKING. 
    • If you already have a PIN, enter it using the NUMBER keys.
    • If you do not have a PIN, use the NUMBER keys to enter a PIN.
  5. The Parental Locking settings screen will appear.
  6. Use the ARROW keys to select the CHANGE button next to US TV PARENTAL GUIDELINES and press OK.
  7. Use the ARROW keys to select the lowest rating you want locked.
    • Press OK to lock that rating and higher.
    • Pressing OK a second time will unlock the rating.
  8. Use the ARROW keys to select SAVE.
  9. Press OK.

Locking by Movie Ratings

  1. Use the ARROW KEYS to select MOVIE RATINGS.
  2. Press OK.
  3. Use the ARROW keys to select the lowest rating you want locked.
    • Press OK to lock that rating and higher.
    • Pressing OK a second time will unlock the rating.
  4. Use the ARROW keys to select SAVE.
  5. Press OK.

Blocking Unrated Programs

  1. To block Unrated programs, use the ARROW keys to select CHANGE next to BLOCK UNRATED.
  2. Press OK.
  3. Use the RIGHT ARROW key to select BLOCK UNRATED.
  4. Press OK. A closed lock will appear.
  5. To unlock, press OK again.
  6. Use the ARROW keys to select SAVE.
  7. Press OK.

Blocking Adult Content

  1. To block adult content, use the ARROW keys to select CHANGE next to ADULT PROGRAMS.
  2. Press OK.
  3. Use the RIGHT ARROW key to select LOCK ADULT PROGRAMS.
  4. Press OK.
  5. A closed lock will appear.
  6. To unlock, press OK again.
  7. Use the ARROW keys to select SAVE.
  8. Press OK.

If you Lock Adult Programs, you will not be able to change your PIN or reset Parental Controls.  If you want to reset Parental Controls, unlock Adult Programs.

Saving Parental Control Settings

When you are finished setting Parental Controls, use the ARROW KEYS to select LOCK. Press OK.

Press EXIT TO TV to return to watching live TV full screen.

For more information on using your Parental Controls, watch the Help On Demand videos on creating your PIN, locking channels and locking On Demand rentals.