Thursday, October 11, 2007 - The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog

Parental Control Perfection

PFF has just released my latest paper entitled "Parental Control Perfection? The Impact of the DVR and VOD Boom on the Debate over TV Content Regulation." In the report, I focus on the extent to which new video technologies, such as digital video recorders (DVRs) and video on demand (VOD) services, are changing the way households consume media and are helping parents better tailor viewing experiences to their tastes and values. I provide evidence showing the rapid spread of these technologies and discuss how parents are using these tools in their homes. Finally, I argue that these developments will have profound implications for debates over the regulation of video programming. As parents are given the ability to more effectively manage their family’s viewing habits and experiences, it will lessen—if not completely undercut—the need for government intervention on their behalf.

This 16-page report can be found at:

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:42 PM | Free Speech , Online Safety & Parental Controls