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Parents in millions of homes will soon have greater control over their children's TV viewing as Sky upgrades its parental control facility.

The upgrade will enable parents to restrict access to all channels or even to remove all listings for adult channels from Sky's easy-to-use electronic programme guide, the Sky Guide.

The new controls, to be made available to all Sky and Sky+ boxes by the summer, are in addition to the existing ratings and spending limits that are already available via the parental control facility.

All digital satellite viewers will be able to take advantage of the enhanced parental control facility without purchasing any new equipment or paying any additional charge.

The new parental control features will be introduced in two phases:

Phase one ( using the Sky remote control, concerned parents will be able to restrict viewing to any digital satellite channel, including free-to-air channels and unrated programmes. They will be able to choose whether to restrict access at all times or to prevent viewing only after 8pm.

To unlock access to a restricted channel, a household member will have to enter a unique four-digit PIN number using the Sky remote control.

Phase two ( for the first time, parents will be able to remove all listings for adult channels from the Sky Guide. To reinstate the adult channels to the Sky Guide, the four-digit PIN code is required.

Brian Sullivan, director of customer products and services at Sky, said: "Digital television brings an unprecedented choice of viewing but parents want to be sure that their families get the best out of what's on offer. With these new controls, Sky is giving parents peace of mind and the ability to really manage their children's viewing."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 16, 2005
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