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TV Guardian Model 201 Foul Language Filter

by Principal Solutions Inc.
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • TV Guardian Model 201 Foul Language Filter

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TV Guardian Model 201 Foul Language Filter

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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The TV/DVD/VCR Cursing Filter. Thank Goodness!! August 27, 2005
Five Big "NON-Cursing" Stars!! TV Guardian is wonderful technology, but with some hookup limitations!

If you're tired of the incessant and unnecessary cursing on TV shows and DVD/VCR movies, this is a great gift for yourself and your family. It shuts down the cursing and specific foul language on any show that has a written closed caption track inbedded in the TV show, VCR, or DVD movie soundtracks. In my case, I have it set to detect any curse word or phrase, briefly mute the sound, and put up a bland written substitute word or phrase on the bottom of the screen so that continuty is maintained, and then restore the sound track immediately following the phrase. It works amazingly well. We have a TV Guardian on all three of our TV sets and we love them. It takes about a week to get used to it and it's clear sailing from then on. If a TV show, VCR or DVD movie doesn't have a caption track, it flashes a "No TVG" on the lower left hand corner of the screen to warn you that "you're on your own" with this show. If it does contain a caption track, it occasionally flashes a "TVG" in the left hand lower corner just to reassure the viewers that it's on the job.

It operates on three levels of filtering: "Tolerant, Moderate, or Strict" and it uses three large groups of targeted words: Religious, Sexual, and/or the specific words "Hell or Damn". Experimentation will reveal a happy medium for the viewer.

Hookup-wise, the unit, the size of a half carton of cigarettes, goes between the last unit of equipment (DVD/VCR/Cable Box, etc.) and the TV. It uses on screen programming to set up the amount of filtering. I have it filtering a cable box, DVD, and VCR using a three-way digital switch, so it 'nails' everything from everywhere. The manual is outstanding.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This product does not handle High Definition input (anything over 480p), such as Blu-Ray, but I found a way around it. I have an HD TV, Blu-Ray DVD Player, and Dish Network HD. My TV has several input options so I hooked it up like this:
Sat Receiver HDMI to TV
Blu-Ray Composite video and Optical Digital Audio out to TVG (Input 1)
Sat Receiver Composite video and RCA Audio to TVG (Input 2)
Blu-Ray HDMI to TV.

I then hook the TVG Optical Audio output to my surround sound stereo. Then the video out put from the TVG and RCA audio output to the TV on a different input.

This gives me the option of watching Blu-Ray and HD Sat in the High Def video, and have the audio filtered by the TVG through my surround sound stereo. (I turn the TV volume down) I loose the benefit of having the closed captioned alternate words come on the screen, but can enjoy a movie like "Men in Black" with the foul language filtered and the video in HD. NOTE: This does not work with Blu-Ray movies, only regular DVDs played through the Blu-Ray, which up-converts the video to HD.

I also have the hookup directly to the TV that allows me to watch SAT and Blu-Ray movies in Standard Definition programming with the full advantage of the TVG.

Unfortunately you still have to get up and hit the A/V Input on the TVG when switching between Blu-Ray and SAT, but I could get a remote control operated A/B box for another $50, but I have not done that yet.

Bottom line: TVG needs to catch up with the High Definition technology with a new version that handles HDMI and can handle full 1080p video including movies from Universal.

For now, I am just glad to have this unit. It takes a while to get used to, but you will be amazed at the comfort level you will have when you and your kids watch TV.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works as advertised! September 24, 2006
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It's very rare you get a product that works like it says it does!Gets 99% of the offensive language.Now you can watch a movie without all the @#$%&*.You don't have to explain to the grand kids anymore.A great addition to any American home.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product but could be better! October 2, 2007
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We purchased this product to eliminate cursing and excessive use of God's name that today's shows and movies use. It does a pretty good job of that, but IMO this product is NOT state of the art. This device does not support movies made by Universal, so if you are purchasing or renting a Rated R movie you better check the back of the movie to see who made it. Also, we have experienced some movies that weren't made by Universal that the guardian did not block. I think it still needs some refining and for a product over $100, it should do a better job. Finally, the setup is quite simple, but can get somewhat complicated if you use surround sound. The best option I've found is to have all devices attached to an A/V switch and then attach the A/V switch to the guardian. If anyone has other recommended setups i'd love to hear them! And and BTW, if you use nothing but HD, this product is not for you since it does not support the latest technology.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best foul language filter couldnt do without it October 18, 2007
I have had one of these constantly on my tvs for years I recently had to do without it for a few weeks when I had to order a replacement. I didnt realize how bad the language was on the dvd films and tv until I didnt have this guardian connected. I hear tv guardian has discontinued model 201 and 301 and similar items, I am seriously upset. I as a Christian and consumer have a right to hear or not to hear the words on my television and dvds, there are a lot of good shows out there that use filthy language that usual street people would not use. I don't want myself or my kids subjected to it. If i didnt use this item i wouldnt have more than the basic cable or rent most dvds today. I hope in time they will make more products like the portable tv guardian again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Movie Saver
Being able to filter language rescues many movies with good stories that the producers have attempted to ruin with language only added to try to get a PG-13 or R rating. Read more
Published 23 days ago by David L Abbott
5.0 out of 5 stars Cuss-free TV
I don't let anyone use foul language in my home, but one day I realized I was letting my television set do what I wouldn't allow a visitor or family member to do. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dewaine L. Teal Jr.
Published 16 months ago by CONVERTED MOBILE DJ
2.0 out of 5 stars Business is run poorly
Purchased the newest TVG (not the 201) and after watching the installation video on the website, I discovered that I needed a cable box in order for the TVG to function - we just... Read more
Published 23 months ago by LSG1214
1.0 out of 5 stars good while it lasts
Do NOT buy this. I purchased (2) of these within 2 yrs. apart and BOTH of
them DIED for no reason approx. 18 months after use. Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by R.W.
4.0 out of 5 stars N/A
Item works fine except for certain Blu-Ray discs. Why I don't know but I wish it worked with all Blu-Ray discs.
Published on October 16, 2011 by Rustin R. Pehrson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to Clean up TV/DVD's
I highly reccomend these to cut out the foul language that Hollywood feels we must be subject too. They aren't perfect, only as good as the close captioning, but much much better... Read more
Published on February 22, 2011 by Mike in Akron
2.0 out of 5 stars broke after a year
It was great until it quit working after about a year. It cost about $100 so obviously very disappointed that it broke so quickly. It just quit working one day for no reason.
Published on July 11, 2010 by J L Wichita KS
1.0 out of 5 stars It filters all words that have s sound f sound but not really bad...
Several years ago my husband purchased this product in hopes of filtering out all of the cursing words that are being forced on people as they attempt to watch a show/move/episode. Read more
Published on September 1, 2009 by Big red
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing else even comes close
TV Guardian is an excellent product. Have used it for years. When properly connected it cuts down the majority of filthy language coming out of your TV. Read more
Published on August 21, 2009 by Wilcox1976
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