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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
I got one of these for my family for Christmas, and it has worked really well. We can watch movies in 1080 high definition without hearing any bad language. This new model works a little differently than earlier models. Instead of filtering the audio to your TV, it has two little attachments that attach to the remote-control sensor on your TV. If it detects any bad language in the cables leading to the TV Guardian, it will send a mute signal directly to the TV's remote-control sensor.

At first I didn't know it would work with high definition because it doesn't connect to an HDMI cable. However, we decided to hook up an HDMI cable from our Blu-Ray player to our TV just to see if it would work. It worked like a charm! As long as the TV Guardian is still connected to the composite output it will still mute the TV, even if the source of the signal feed is the HDMI cable.
I have read that this model doesn't work with Magnavox players, but most other Blu-Ray and DVD players that have composite output should probably be compatible with it. My family has a Panasonic Blu-Ray player and a Vizio television, and it has been compatible with both.
I read that the high definition should be set at 1080i to work with this model, but I tried setting the high definition at 1080p just to see if it would work. It worked.
I don't know if that would work with other Blu-Ray players, but it worked with ours.

TV Guardians work by detecting Closed-Caption, and one concern many people have is that some movie companies no longer caption their DVDs. However, several still do:
20th Century Fox (Star Wars, Independence Day, Fantastic Four, Avatar), Dreamworks (War of the Worlds),
Disney (Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure), MGM (Hotel Rwanda, Valkyrie),
Touchstone (Signs, The Village, Reign of Fire), Magnet (Vanishing on 7th Street, Europa Report)
Lionsgate (The Hunger Games, The Eye), Paramount (Star Trek, The Core, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor).

Universal has never captioned their DVDs, and recently Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema, Dimension, and the Sony companies have stopped captioning their movies. However, everything that the Sony movie companies (Columbia, TriStar, Screen Gems) published before 2009
will still be captioned (Spider-Man trilogy, Darkness Falls, The Messengers, The Grudge).
And anything Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema published before 2007
will still be captioned (Batman, Batman Begins, Lost in Space, The Time Machine).

Summit was originally a company that didn't use closed-caption in their movies, but they recently began captioning their
DVDs in early 2013. Every movie that Summit releases in 2013
will be captioned (Escape Plan, Ender's Game).

The TV Guardian doesn't always catch everything. Every now and then a cuss word will slip through, but for folks who can't stand hearing bad language, the TV Guardian gives them a chance to enjoy a lot of movies and TV series that they normally wouldn't take a chance with.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
Updated Jan 7, 2012 - I decided to return this version of the TVG and keep using my old one.
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Before I get into the details of what happened with my tv setup you should know how the TVGuardian (TVG) works. There are two inputs labeled IN1 and IN2 on the TVG. A composite video cable connects your tv or cable box to IN1. You point your tv's remote control at the TVG and press the mute button so the TVG learns the mute signal. Then you run a wire which has infrared "eyes" on it to the location of your tv's mute sensor. When there's a swear word on a show you're watching, the signal goes through the TVG and the "eyes" send a signal to mute your tv as if you were pressing the mute button on your remote control. Connect a second device to IN2 and it does the same thing. If you have a surround sound receiver, you teach IN2 to recognize the mute on your receiver just like you did with IN1 for your tv.

Here's where I ran into a problem and why I'm only giving it 3 stars even though I've been using TVG products for about 15 years. It was time to upgrade so I bought this version of the TVG to go with my tv, a Panasonic TC 50PX34. I currently have my tv/cable box and a blu-ray player connected to the TVG. If you have a Panasonic tv like I do, you might have some problems. My Panasonic sends out two codes to mute the tv. That means IN1 and IN2 are used for muting the tv while other tvs only use IN1. This means if you want to try to "teach" IN2 to mute your audio receiver, you're out of luck. When I brought this to the attention of the tech support people at TVG, they said, "The TvGuardian can only control two devices or transmit 2 codes. Since the TV requires two codes the LT sees this as two devices. You might want to reroute all of you(sic) sound thru your surround sound system thus eliminating the need to mute your tv."

I wasn't happy with the response because I don't always want to use my surround sound and I want the have the flexibility to choose the tv or the receiver. Since it's been less than 30 days since I bought the TVG LT, I'm still trying to decide if I want to keep it.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2013
We had high hopes for this little device, but our experience with it started and ended in frustration. They fail to tell you in their advertisements that if the Closed Captioning lags behind the actual speech (which often occurs, especially with live TV) it will miss the word and mute late. At times, when it does mute, it will mute upwards of two whole sentences (which they told me was "normal") on many occasions we had to press the mute button on our remote, just to get it to stop muting. Ours was also malfunctioning and muting children's shows such as Dora the Explorer and Fresh Beat Band. As for DVD's, we use a PS3 player to watch those, and there is no port to plug the device into, so we can't even have DVD's monitored. One final note, that isn't clear unless you go digging in their FAQ's, it does NOT work with Netflix or other streaming video services....

** Update, customer service was very good in their communication with us regarding the problem, and they promptly helped us with it's return after it was determined that nothing would make the device work properly (at our expense of course). Still not sure if it was just the device that was defective (a suggestion they made) or if it simply didn't work with our Verizon FIOS cable card, etc, at any rate, it was frustrating enough that we simply decided to return it and re-coop some of our money **
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2013
It is very simple to set up. It catches the majority of the foul language on my DVD Player, (I don't have cable). It was a great investment for our family!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2013
Ok here is the real story, I am sure this will work on some systems, I had a older TV guardian that I have had for 15 years and works perfect, now I up graded to a new H D Dish net work set up and it will not work with the older version so I bit the bullet and spent the 100 bucks because there they say works on all hd systems, took it out of the wrapper and there in black and white it says it will not work with Dish network model VIP 722k, VIP 222K or Direct Tv model HR21-200,HR23-700 HR24-100 I tried all the suggestions I saw on line,nothing worked but my gripe is they put all the info about the item and let this paragraph out, when I read about it on amazon nothing was mention about it not working on my system and others,I buy a ton of items form Amazon, I expect more than this from amazon. Sure I can send it back but what a waste of my time and there and my money.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2014
I am John LaCourse. I have been selling, repairing, refurbishing and buying TV Guardians since 2008. I have dealt with well over a thousand units.

I bought one and tried it out.

LIKES:
Main unit is made in the USA and designed by US engineers.
Simple, compact, works effectively as any TVG device.
Very affordable price around $70 shipped.
Works with SD or HD setups, but you must also have a yellow RCA composite video output, this is for the closed captions... even if you are using HDMI.
So far the units appear to be reliable.

DISLIKES:
You have to train it to learn your remote's "mute code" - but this is not difficult.
You have to attach an IR emitter pod to your TV or Audio system for the TVG to mute the sound. It has to be placed properly or it will not mute reliably or at all. Sometimes the adhesive loosens and it falls off esp if there is strain on the cable.
The TVG works the same as older TVGs but mutes the audio by sending a mute signal to the TV or audio system (as if you had pressed the remote's mute button yourself). It sends another mute code at the appropriate time to un-mute the audio. Since these two codes are the same, the system can become confused e.g.: if you press the mute button to answer a phone call the TVG will un-mute it when bad language comes on... So you would start hearing only the bad language and none of the good. That's rare but it can happen.
Although you can use it with two inputs it does not come with a remote control so you will have to get up from your EZ chair to switch it.

But the WORST PART of the new TVG LT... All previous designs of TVG inserted clean replacement text on the screen (if you desired it), so even during muting there was continuity in the dialog of the show. Without replacement captions you are kind of left hanging. Remember TVG does not just mute a word, but mutes a phrase that has the cussing in it. In movies with lots of cursing ...well it will will be hard to understand what is going on.

What we really need is an affordable well designed, reliable model similar to the older TVGs but with HDMI inputs as well. No word on anything from the TVG people
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2013
I had the first generation TVGuardian about 10 years ago and loved it; but, when we upgraded to Dish, the box wouldn't connect to our new setup. Profanity makes me cringe so that definitely cut down on the shows we were able to watch. If I wanted to watch anything outside of I Love Lucy reruns I'd spend most of the show with my finger on the mute button waiting for the typical cuss-word tirade (since no one can explain how angry they are with a clean vocab.) I had a friend tell me TVG had finally made an upgrade and I ordered it within the week. I blocked out a couple of hours one evening expecting the same trouble connecting it that I had with the previous model, but I had this one connected in less than 10 minutes and working on the first try. The first show I turned it on it worked exactly like it said it would. I saw someone on here say that there was a delay in the muting, but the show I had it on muted it on time. The old model muted the sound and put up replacement words at the bottom of the screen, but I found with that feature my mind automatically tried to guess the cuss word it cut out and that defeated the purpose; I like how this one mutes the phrase completely. I also like the fact that this model is 1/3 the size of the previous one. I am so thankful this device even exists and it's worth every bit that it costs.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
I can't count the number of times we have had to turn off a movie or tv program due to foul language. This device has worked flawlessly for several weeks now and my family can now watch several TV programs and movies (NCIS and Spiderman for example) without worries. I like how it cuts out the entire sentence so your mind can't just "fill in the blank". I would highly recommend this device.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
Update 1/17/13

I received my replacement TV Guardian LT in the mail at the beginning of the week.

The one I received previously was indeed defective...and this is understandable. Anything man made has a chance of being defective.

I give the unit 3 stars. It filters most words out, but if the word is combined with another non offensive word, it will miss it sometimes. I also wish it would just filter the offensive word, and not the majority of the words before and after it. Granted, this bleeps out the word...but you may miss some other dialogue as well.

To be noted to potential buyers: The unit will not work with a OTA antenna unless you use an external tuner. It will not work with many newer DVDs and won't work with Blu-Rays. It isn't a defect in the device, just that most Blu-Rays and newer DVD's don't have the Closed Captioning.

Also, be aware that while I did receive a new unit...the customer service was mediocre. Everyone is super nice, but very slow.

I'd recommend this unit to you, but do you research to make sure it will work with your given set up.

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Original review:

I don't normally write reviews, but right now I feel compelled to write one.

I received this as a Christmas gift from my in-laws.

I went through the set-up and troubleshooting. Tried 2 different Blu-ray players and two different DVD players. I tried 3 DVD's all with the CC logo. The mute feature works from the device, but the filter doesn't work. It doesn't recognize CC which is the whole point.

I understand there are defective units from time to time. I am currently in "contact" with TV Guardian. They don't answer the phone. They sometimes respond to messages. They said they sent me a replacement a couple weeks ago and a return label. Turns out, they sent it to a customer in Missouri.

Now, the only respond I have received the last few days is that I'll receive a replacement and shipping label...but they won't send it for some reason. I feel like I'm getting the run around.

If I get a working replacement, I'll update.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2013
We are totally disappointed with our purchase. We seldom watch TV except for the news so the only reason we got this, was to take any bad language out of our movies (DVD's & VHS). After our purchase, we had problems getting it to work so we did some online research for help, only to find out that these do not work with the majority of DVD players....including all 3 of ours which are all different brands! We would not have paid over $100. and ordered it had we known this was the case. We did get it hooked up right as we could get it to manually mute the TV, it just doesn't remove the bad language from our movies.
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