September 28, 2002 |
Acacia Research Corp. said Friday that it lost a patent infringement claim against television makers over its "V-chip" technology in the early stages of litigation. The claim was dismissed by the U.S. District Court in Connecticut, the Newport Beach company said. Acacia might pursue antitrust charges or file an appeal. V-chips, designed to let parents block adult and violent shows from their sets, are required in televisions with screens larger than 13 inches and sold after 1999.
August 7, 2001 |
If print media had the same token constraints TV does, this article would be rated Newspaper-14 due to references to sex and violence and some big words they indubitably don't teach before high school age. And most parents probably wouldn't pay the content warning much mind, just as, a new study shows, they aren't doing with the TV ratings.
July 25, 2001 |
Despite strong concern about children's exposure to sex and violence on television, parents remain split about how to approach the problem, according to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation released Tuesday.
May 29, 2000 |
The June issue of Glamour magazine has national affairs editor David France writing about a word association game he played in New York City with campaigning Texas Gov. George W. Bush. France reports the game took a "dark turn" when Bush, a lock for the GOP presidential nomination, was asked to respond to "Sex and the City," an urbane, ribald comedy series that chronicles the libidinous adventures of four single females in New York City.
November 10, 1999 |
So here I am with this new TV, the kind with a V-chip in its belly, which lets me screen out objectionable shows and make television safe again. It's a fine TV, with a little window in the corner that lets me watch two shows at once. And a remote control that I can read with my fingertips, like Braille. But it's this V-chip I'm curious about. Starting Jan. 1, almost every new TV will come with this V-chip. It lets parents program out stuff they don't want the kids to see. Language. Sex.
September 13, 1999 |
TV sets equipped with the V-chip gizmo are now in stores, but there have been no reports of a mad stampede by consumers to snap them up. The V-chip is a device that enables parents to block out TV programs above a certain parental-guidance rating level--say, TV-14--so their kids can't watch such shows. The V-chip has always seemed a shaky notion, intrusive in concept and very complicated to operate.