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Compare the Profanity Filters
 

Perhaps you have heard of the different Profanity Filters now on the market.  We have evaluated them and have compiled the following chart to help you choose the one appropriate for your needs.  Want scenes filtered as well as profanity?  See the Filtering DVD Player.

We will be adding the new TV Guardian SD 401 and TV Guardian HD 501 soon.

Use This Chart To Compare Profanity Filters

*The "Curse-Free TV" filter is a branded version of the TVGuardian Model 101.

TV Guardian
Model 201
TV Guardian
Model 301
TV Guardian
DVD Players
TV Guardian
Model 101
ProtecTV

Filters the profanity by monitoring the closed-caption signal embedded in the video signal.  Source must have closed-caption signal to filter.

Hooks between the TV and VCR/DVD/Satellite Receiver or Cable Tuner.

 

Works with most TV shows and movies.

DVD Only

When an offensive word is detected, the filter mutes the sound for the closed- captioned phrase (not just the word).

When the filter mutes the sound it displays the muted sentence on the screen with a replacement word.

 

When the filter mutes the sound for the offending sentence it 'xxx' out the offending word.  Only if you have the closed captioning turned on, otherwise, it will not display anything.

 

 

 

 

Allows for control of the closed-captioning display.
On/Off  OR  only when it is filtering the sentence. 

 

On-screen menus for Parents, Kids, Family and Other. 

 

 

 

Sensitivity Settings

Strict, Moderate, Tolerant and Off

Strict, Moderate, Tolerant and Off

Strict, Moderate, Tolerant and Off

Strict and Moderate

None

Has the ability to control certain word groups and types.

Religious, Sexual References, Hell & Damn (may be toggled on and off)

Religious, Sexual References, Hell & Damn (may be toggled on and off)

Religious, Sexual References, Hell & Damn (may be toggled on and off)

None

None

Has the ability to be turned OFF to disable the filtering without having to disconnect the device.

On-screen menu controlled

On-screen menu controlled

On-screen menu controlled

Physical switch

None

Audio Inputs

Two Inputs
RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R),
Or Digital Audio
(Digital Coaxial)

Two Inputs
RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R),
Or Digital Audio
(Digital Coaxial)

None

One Input
RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R)

One Input
RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R)

Audio Outputs

Three Outputs
RF (Coaxial),
RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R),
Digital Audio
(Toslink & Digital Coaxial)

Two Outputs
RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R),
Digital Audio
(Digital Coaxial)

Two Outputs
RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R),
Digital Audio
(Toslink & Digital Coaxial)

Two Outputs
RF (Coaxial),
RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R)

Two Outputs
RF (Coaxial),
RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R)

Video Inputs

Two Inputs
Composite Video (RCA),
S-Video

Two Inputs
Composite Video (RCA),
S-Video

None

One Input
Composite Video (RCA)

One Input
Composite Video (RCA)

Video Outputs

Three Outputs
RF (Coaxial),
Composite (RCA),
S-Video

Two Outputs
Composite (RCA),
S-Video

Three Outputs
Composite (RCA),
S-Video & Component Video

Two Outputs
RF (Coaxial),
Composite (RCA)

Two Outputs
RF (Coaxial) OR Composite (RCA)

Warranty

1 Year Limited Warranty

1 Year Limited Warranty

90 Day Limited Warranty

None

None

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Out of Warranty

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Out of Warranty

Discontinued
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Discontinued

Discontinued

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Editorial:

Pro: 
The TVGuardian is good at what it does and is our choice for filtering profanity.

This new model has more features than the previous.  Including on-screen menu control with a password feature.  Plus more choices on word control Plus Digital Audio and S-Video support.

Pro:  
This new model has the same features as the TVG Model 201 (left column) but without the RF Modulator, Digital Optical Audio and has extra input. 

If you have a TV with video inputs and you don't have a home theater system, you will be fine with this TVG Model 301.

 

Pro: 
It is so nice to have the features of a DVD player and the protection of the TVGuardian.

Take a look at the portable version to take it on the road for those family trips.

On-screen menu control with a password feature.  It can even lock down movies that exceed your rating limit. 

Plus more choices on word control.  Plus Digital Audio, S-Video and Component video support.

 

Pro: 
Some people like this filter the best.  They say it is better at filtering profanity.

Con:  Setup instructions are not as complete for people that have a lot of audio video equipment.  No S-Video or Component.  Some of these features are offered in the new TV Guardian Models 201 & 301 (Left Columns)

Most people turn off the filter while watching a religious show because it cannot tell the difference between a good reference to God or a bad one.

 

Pro:  Installation guide is very complete.  The hardware is well built

The ProtecTV filters 400 words, reportedly more than the TVGuardian, but how many offensive words are there?

Con:  It doesn't display the closed-captioning when it is filtering profanity -- only displays if closed- captioning is turned on for the entire movie. 

Strange definition of 400 offensive words.  It filtered "kill" and "dead", but missed "pissed".
 

 

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