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A program-viewing inhibition device comprises a memory for storing inhibition level data indicative of a predetermined level of unsuitability rating of a broadcasting program, a control section for determining whether or not an input channel received is acceptable by comparing inhibition level data extracted from a broadcast signal of an received input channel with the inhibition level data read out of the memory, and for changing the input channel to another channel when it is judged that the input channel is unacceptable or to be rejected for its viewing. Accordingly, a manual operation to change the input channel to the substitute channel when the input channel is unacceptable for viewing can be eliminated.

Title
Program-viewing inhibition device
Application Number
9/411855
Publication Number
6360367 (B1)
Application Date
October 4, 1999
Publication Date
March 19, 2002
Inventor
Kazuhiko Yamamoto
Osaka
US
Agent
Lackenbach Siegel Marzullo Aronson & Greenspan P C
US
Assignee
Funai Electric
US
IPC
H04N 7/16
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