Filter to block offensive material in videos

Herald Sun March 23, 2010

Parents may soon be able to filter out sex, violence and swearing from movies played in their own homes. New DVD players let viewers block any nasty surprises when watching movies with the kids. Subscribers to US website ClearPlay can download filters for specific films that allow parents to prevent scenes they feel are inappropriate. The technology will skip or mute content based on seven categories, including nudity and blasphemy.

ClearPlay bosses claim many adult films lend themselves to filtering because their rating is based on only one or two scenes that can be excised without spoiling the movie. Subscribers can expect to pay about $1.60 a week for filters for hundreds of movies. ClearPlay International spokesman Andrew Duncan said filters appear within 48 hours of a film’s DVD release.