Here Comes V-Chip 2.0... But Is It Actually Needed?
from the why-mandated-by-law? dept
Jennifer DeLeo writes "Beginning on March 15, the FCC says it will require all new products with digital television receivers to incorporate parental control capabilities by way of a new "open" version of the V-chip that can be reprogrammed to adapt to changing standards. But studies have found that few actually take advantage of the chip's capabilities. To the CEA, which represents TV and other consumer-electronics manufacturers, the V-chip represents unnecessary governmental intervention." Why not just offer it as an option for parents who want it?