Amazon Adds New Parental Controls to the Fire TV


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Fire TV 36Amazon has had parental controls for a while that would limit people’s ability to add content to their Fire TV.

They are adding new controls in their recent update 5.2.1.0 for the Fire TV and the Fire Stick. Now you will be able to limit people’s ability to stream content based on rating. You can set it to require any movie with a PG or higher rating to requires a pin to access.

This is a huge improvement over many other players that do not offer parental controls or only offer very limited parental controls. There is one downside: these parental controls only work for Amazon apps, such as Prime and the add-on subscriptions Amazon offers. If you are using third-party streaming services, such as Netflix or Hulu, Amazon’s parental controls will not be used.

You can find these new parental controls in the Settings menu under Parental Controls. You will be able to edit the settings manually or use a generic setting suggested by Amazon.

This move by Amazon is a huge step forward, but it still needs more work because many users would like to see an option to set pins on apps, such as HBO NOW, that would prevent kids from accessing apps unless parents want them to have access.

Source: AFTVnews

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