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streaming_fan
Level 10

G, PG, PG-13, R MPAA-style ratings system needed for Roku Originals

Dear Roku,

My mother and I were sitting down the other day to try out watching some Roku Originals together.  The show had sort of a PG feel to it until, suddenly, the show unexpectedly dropped a few f-bombs.

WRITER'S EMBELLISHMENT: Madness!  The f-bombs continued to fall like a WWII air raid.  In the background, the sounds of lost children crying for their mothers.  The bleep, bleep, bleep of the language censors was non-stop.  My mother was bent over in prayer asking Jesus to protect her ears, but the terrible f-bombs exploding in our living room were relentless.  

Pls consider implementing some kind of rating system for Roku Originals similar to the familiar G, PG, PG-13, R system currently used in the movie industry.  Thanks in advance for listening to my suggestion.  

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C_I
Level 13

Re: G, PG, PG-13, R MPAA-style ratings system needed for Roku Originals

At the very least, have a warning " This show may contain offensive language to some, viewer discretion is advised."  I do think the shows I've watched on Roku Originals does have an MA rating, or mature. I'm not sure they might have a D for domestic violence, S for sex V for violence or L for language, etc. That's how TV does their ratings system. Y for Youth, G  general audiences. etc. 

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RokuDanny-R
Roku Employee
Roku Employee

Re: G, PG, PG-13, R MPAA-style ratings system needed for Roku Originals

@streaming_fan 

Thanks for the post.

Please be aware that Roku does allow blocking of content with the use of parental controls. For more information about how to use parental controls, visit our Support page here: How do I block content using parental controls?


Thanks,
Danny

Danny R.
Roku Forum Moderator
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streaming_fan
Level 10

Re: G, PG, PG-13, R MPAA-style ratings system needed for Roku Originals

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I see what you mean, C_I.  The Roku Originals have ratings such as TV-14 and TV-MA.  But as you say, maybe they don't add the letters D, L, S, V, FV to give more info about why the program was given the TV-MA rating.  Would be nice if they did.  I mean in our house, maybe TV-MA D would be okay (suggestive dialogue) as long as the show didn't have L, S, V.  

streaming_fan
Level 10

Re: G, PG, PG-13, R MPAA-style ratings system needed for Roku Originals

Danny, can you pls tell us, does Roku use the letters D, L, S, V, FV to give extra info regarding its TV-MA ratings for Roku Originals?  Thanks in advance.   

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makaiguy
Community Streaming Expert

Re: G, PG, PG-13, R MPAA-style ratings system needed for Roku Originals


@RokuDanny-R wrote:

@streaming_fan 

Thanks for the post.

Please be aware that Roku does allow blocking of content with the use of parental controls. For more information about how to use parental controls, visit our Support page here: How do I block content using parental controls?


Thanks,
Danny


With all due respect.  Roku DOES have a parental control option for The Roku Channel. Can't this be extended to Roku Originals, or alternatively, have access to Roku Originals go through The Roku Channel?

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