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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.