Saturday 13 August 2016

Parental Controls For Your FireTV

If you've been reading this blog for a while you know I'm a fan of Amazon's FireTV. It's a very reasonably priced connected device for your TV that outperforms anything else in it's price point.

With this little box you don't need to buy a "smart" TV and you can get access to a huge amount of content on demand.

One of the great things about the FireTV is you can add apps to it. Kodi , Netflix, HBO Now, and Hulu are fantastic options if you wanted to augment or replace your cable TV subscription.

One of the concerns with the ability to add so many apps (and all the corresponding content) has been "How do I control who can see what?"

Amazon finally has an answer for that. Parents can now put a PIN on apps that will be required in order to launch the app.

Using this with the other built-in parental controls should offer parents the level of comfort that has otherwise been missing in the space.

You want to watch "Game of Thrones" but think it's not appropriate for your 10yr old to have access to? No problem, put a PIN on the HBO Now app, or Kodi if you have it, and they won't be getting to it that way.

Connected set-top boxes like the Amazon Fire TV are the future of television and movie viewing. As more networks realize their traditional models of distribution are dying (sorry cable TV) they are producing apps to be visible in the set top box space.

This shift will only accelerate as people demand more choice and control over the content they pay for.

Happy surfing!

-The Home Geek.

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