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Dragline
Level 8

Block Ads With Adult Content

Is there a way for me to block ads on the home screen or in the screensaver that contain adult content?  My kids use the Roku and the last thing I need is them stumbling into the Showtime ad I saw last night.

Thanks.

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dfgsrzwer
Level 8

Re: Block Ads With Adult Content

Static ads (which are the only types on the home page) cannot have "adult content" unless they are pornagraphic (which are not shown on ANY page). They are far more likely to "stumble into" (quotes intended) videos with adult content than ads.

And no, there is no way to block particular ads. If the screensaver has non-static, adult content ads, delete it. It's not like ANY screensaver serves a purpose anyway.
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Dragline
Level 8

Re: Block Ads With Adult Content

"dfgsrzwer" wrote:
Static ads (which are the only types on the home page) cannot have "adult content" unless they are pornagraphic (which are not shown on ANY page). They are far more likely to "stumble into" (quotes intended) videos with adult content than ads.

And no, there is no way to block particular ads. If the screensaver has non-static, adult content ads, delete it. It's not like ANY screensaver serves a purpose anyway.

The screensaver we have is the default Roku screensaver with the city background.  Clicking the play button launches the ad, which is easy to do if you assume you can press any button to clear the screen saver.  The Showtime ad I saw last night was not pornographic in nature, but did include nudity.  It's not something I want a 5 or 7 year old accidentally launching.
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dfgsrzwer
Level 8

Re: Block Ads With Adult Content

The ad did not include nudity. I didn't see it, but still know it did not. An ad for a show that includes nudity is not the same thing as an ad that includes nudity. You cannot add Showtime without a credit card (even free trials require you to give a number), so the app cannot be added accidentally either. Since even free apps are almost certain to include shows with adult content (even if the ads do not), your request is unreasonable. If you are really worried about accidentally (or otherwise) adding apps you do not want added, I believe that adding a PIN to your account will do the trick.

And no, the screensaver did not include adult content either. And, again, if it did, disable it. Screensavers have NO practical use AT ALL.
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DubTaylor
Level 10

Re: Block Ads With Adult Content

"dfgsrzwer" wrote:
The ad did not include nudity. I didn't see it, but still know it did not. An ad for a show that includes nudity is not the same thing as an ad that includes nudity. You cannot add Showtime without a credit card (even free trials require you to give a number), so the app cannot be added accidentally either. Since even free apps are almost certain to include shows with adult content (even if the ads do not), your request is unreasonable. If you are really worried about accidentally (or otherwise) adding apps you do not want added, I believe that adding a PIN to your account will do the trick.

And no, the screensaver did not include adult content either. And, again, if it did, disable it. Screensavers have NO practical use AT ALL.

You're always entertaining, if nothing else.
Unlike some, I don't have ESP or KNOW what Roku is doing or not doing or what users are seeing with their eyeballs. In a sort of 'old fashioned' way I have to take users at their word.

Here's a word from me on a nice screensaver:
I use Jim's; LED Time & Weather (private) that DOES INDEED serve practical uses:
1) It's a screensaver
2) I can see the Time and Weather
3) there is no nudity packaged up with it.

Roku seems to have better things to do than to carefully screen their apps and services for porn - so in the end it's up to Parents to do ALL the parenting.
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dfgsrzwer
Level 8

Re: Block Ads With Adult Content

"DubTaylor" wrote:
Unlike some, I don't have ESP or KNOW what Roku is doing or not doing or what users are seeing with their eyeballs. In a sort of 'old fashioned' way I have to take users at their word.

Please. Common sense over-rides pollyannaistics (yes, that's a word). I've been around the block more than a few times. Being a cynic is the best stance.

Here's a word from me on a nice screensaver:
I use Jim's; LED Time & Weather (private) that DOES INDEED serve practical uses:
1) It's a screensaver
2) I can see the Time and Weather
3) there is no nudity packaged up with it.

That's not practical. Using an app does the same purpose, and uses less resources. Having a screensaver running and downloading info when you aren't even watching is, well, dumb. It's a strawman argument anyway, as the OP obviously is using THEIR screensaver as a screen "saver", plus the screensaver they said they were using they admitted had no nudity as well.
Roku seems to have better things to do than to carefully screen their apps and services for porn - so in the end it's up to Parents to do ALL the parenting.

On this I agree.
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Dragline
Level 8

Re: Block Ads With Adult Content

"dfgsrzwer" wrote:
The ad did not include nudity. I didn't see it, but still know it did not. An ad for a show that includes nudity is not the same thing as an ad that includes nudity. You cannot add Showtime without a credit card (even free trials require you to give a number), so the app cannot be added accidentally either. Since even free apps are almost certain to include shows with adult content (even if the ads do not), your request is unreasonable. If you are really worried about accidentally (or otherwise) adding apps you do not want added, I believe that adding a PIN to your account will do the trick.

And no, the screensaver did not include adult content either. And, again, if it did, disable it. Screensavers have NO practical use AT ALL.


The ad was for the show "White Famous". When clicked, it launched a promo video including nudity with the option to sign up for Showtime.

I will gladly take some screenshots and post them here if I see it again.

I did disable the screensaver, so thanks for that tip despite the rest of your post.
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dfgsrzwer
Level 8

Re: Block Ads With Adult Content

"Dragline" wrote:


The ad was for the show "White Famous". When clicked, it launched a promo video including nudity with the option to sign up for Showtime.

I will gladly take some screenshots and post them here if I see it again.

I did disable the screensaver, so thanks for that tip despite the rest of your post.

I'm still skeptical as to whether this was "nudity" (experience has shown me that perfectly acceptable social conventions are thought by some to be unacceptable; that's why blocking is impractical). Not that it matters in the big picture, but in your particular case I doubt it would have even have been noticed by a 6 year old...I'm more worried (and "worried" is an overstatement on my part) by you using the Roku as a babysitter than inappropriate ads.

And yeah, my later posts in this thread (as Dubtaylor insinuated by saying "entertaining"; but don't think I did not note the "nothing else") were sardonic, but had a point as well.

Look, even if I were fully sympathetic to your cause (and really, I CAN see your point of view even though I don't fully agree with it), blocking ads is not going to prevent inappropriate videos from being played if you activate an ad. It's impossible to enforce such a policy. It's the NSFW clause that had been unofficially supported for over 20 years. Realistic adaptation is the best you can obtain, rather than idealistic hopes. And in this case, it's very easy to do.
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twiceover
Level 11

Re: Block Ads With Adult Content

Regardless of the Ad shown, change the screensaver to something else like the clock.  This will prevent the accidental installation.
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dfgsrzwer
Level 8

Re: Block Ads With Adult Content

"twiceover" wrote:
Regardless of the Ad shown, change the screensaver to something else like the clock.  This will prevent the accidental installation.

Or, as the OP already did (not that it should matter in this case as both screensavers are "default"), disable them completely.

Evenso, it's only a bandaid solution. Supervision is the only real answer.
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