Spider-Man is taking on Europe on the ultimate continent-crossing superheroic road trip, and we’re celebrating the adventure with a Vudu Viewing Party filled with prizes, movie trivia and facts, and plenty of opportunities to engage with awesome movie-lovers just like you.
We know you and your family want to watch the latest hit movies, but
may not be comfortable with some of the content (violence, sex, swearing, substance
abuse.). That’s why we’ve introduced Family Play, a new way to watch your
favorite movies while choosing the content you’d like to skip over or mute.
CHOOSE WHAT TO SKIP
When watching eligible movies, Family Play lets you skip over scenes or
lines that you’ve decided don’t align with your values or aren’t appropriate
for your family. Family Play puts the power in your hands by letting you select
specific content types like Language, Violence, and Sex/Nudity that you would
like to seamlessly skip over, while leaving everything else the same.
If you’re ok with your kids hearing some harsh language but don’t want
them seeing depictions of drug use, you can turn on the Substance Abuse option
while leaving Language alone. If you want to enjoy the latest mystery thriller
with all of the suspense but none of the fighting or sexuality, the Violence
and Sex/Nudity buttons are there for you. If the kids have gone to bed halfway
through the movie and you don’t mind the adult content, just pause the movie, turn
off Family Play, and resume the movie from the same place you stopped without
any skips. Family Play gives you options to take charge of your viewing
experience based on preferences and who is watching.
Because skips and mutes are determined based on a number of different
contextual factors, viewer discretion is still advised. If you have questions
or concerns about content that was not skipped or muted, you can contact our
Customer Care team at 888-554-8838.
PIN-PROTECTED FOR YOUR FAMILY
Even when you’re not monitoring, Family Play can help protect your kids
from the content you don’t want them to see. Setting an optional 4-digit Pin to
exit Family Play means the settings you’ve selected will stay on while your
kids are enjoying Family Play eligible movies from your collection on their
Family Play is set-up separately on each device, so you can set a PIN
on devices that are for family use while having no PIN, different settings, or
no Family Play at all on your personal devices.
MORE WAYS TO WATCH
Family Play is available on over 500 PG
and PG-13 rated movies so far (including movies from our free
collection) that you can find in our Family Play collection here.
New titles are added every week, so you’ll always have something ready for your
next family movie night. To find out whether a title in your collection is
Family Play compatible, look on the movie’s details page for the “Watch this
with Family Play” link under the description or look for the title in the Family Play
Family Play is currently available on web, iOS and Android devices, and
select Samsung TVs*, newer LG TVs**and Xbox One, so you can stream your movies
confidently whether at home or on the go. Get complete details and answers to
all of your Family Play related questions here.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
Stronger, more versatile parental controls and more choice in what
content you see has been at the top of our users’ list of requested features,
and we’re proud to offer Family Play as an optional, non-intrusive solution
that you can adjust to your family’s needs. Head to your Vudu Account Settings
now and select “Manage” under “Family Play” to start watching your way today.
Everyone loves movies and TV, and nothing gets kids excited like
watching their favorite characters embark on a new adventure. Whether you’re watching
together as a family or letting the kids watch on their own, Kids Mode lets you
browse and enjoy all the family-friendly titles in your collection while
keeping any age-inappropriate content out.
A LIBRARY OF THEIR OWN
As you learned in our earlier post here, we’re working
with Common Sense Media to provide accurate, in-depth movie reviews to help
inform your decisions on what your kids watch. Common Sense Media also provides
minimum age recommendations, so you know which movies are right based on your
Kids Mode is a feature powered by these CSM age recommendations that
lets you curate your collection to browse only the titles in your library that
fit the age range you set. In Kids Mode, you can browse together for a family
movie night title or let the kids watch on their favorite devices and only the
age-appropriate titles will be viewable and watchable. Everything else will be
invisible until you exit Kids Mode.
You also have the option to include free titles that fit your
designated age range, and the ads that play during free titles are also
screened to ensure age appropriateness. Your kids can search our thousands of
free titles for fun new movies and TV without you worrying about any age-inappropriate
content sneaking through.
SAFE, SECURE, AND LOCKED WITH A
To make sure your kids are browsing and watching only the age-appropriate
content in your library, set an optional 4-digit PIN to restrict anyone from
exiting Kids Mode. Kids Mode settings are separate on each device you use, so
you can enable the PIN protection only on the devices where you need it.
With PIN protection, you can rest easy knowing your kids have the
freedom to browse and play their favorite titles without accessing anything outside
the designated age range or outside of your collection, even when they’re
navigating without your help. If you forget your PIN while using Kids Mode on a
mobile device, simply entering your Vudu password will allow you to exit Kids
LESS WORRYING, MORE WATCHING
Kids Mode is currently available on iOS/Android devices, Samsung TVs,
Vizio TVs, LG TVs, Roku, and Xbox One. Because Kids Mode is set-up separately
on each device, you can use it where you need it and ignore it where you don’t.
Once Kids Mode is set up, you can easily toggle back and forth between Kids
Mode and normal Vudu browsing by using the Kids and User buttons when you first
Watching together, letting the kids make their own choices, and discovering free family entertainment just got safer and easier thanks to Kids Mode. Find answers to all of your Kids Mode related questions here, and get more info on all our helpful new family features here.
We know you want to share the magic of movies with your kids, but you’ve also let us know that you want to protect them from seeing age-inappropriate content. That’s why we’re working with Common Sense Media, the most trusted name in family entertainment recommendations, to provide reliable, in-depth ratings and reviews for the movies your family wants to see.
REVIEWS YOU CAN TRUST
Since 2003, Common Sense Media has been the go-to resource for millions
of parents seeking appropriate entertainment for young viewers. CSM is
independent, nonprofit, and maintains the world’s largest library of age-based
movie ratings and reviews. Their goal is to provide all the necessary
information so families can make informed decisions about the movies their kids
watch and enjoy.
Common Sense Media’s ratings are the result of unbiased, detailed
analysis of each movie by experienced expert reviewers, paying special
attention to age-appropriateness and potential for learning. The reviews are
based in national childhood development criteria and research focused on how
kids learn and develop based on the media they consume.
Unlike other ratings systems, Common Sense Media provides far more than a simple general rating and content warnings. Each movie is assigned a minimum appropriate age based on its overall content and set developmental guidelines, letting you know at a glance if the film is appropriate for your child’s age. These rating can be easily found right on the movie title page of thousands of CSM reviewed movies under Parental Guide, so there’s no need to open new tabs or go searching to find out what you need to know.
In addition to overall age recommendations, our Common Sense Media
reviews include specific content categories that alert you to the presence of adult
themes and content like violence, language, and sexual situations, plus other parent-minded
themes like positive messages or role models, and consumerism. Each category contains a 0-5 rating to let you
know what (and approximately how much) to expect from your viewing experience.
To give you even more specific details, each review includes a detailed
What Parents Need to Know section that candidly presents the movie’s pros and cons
in subject areas that matter to you. This section is written with a parent’s
perspective in mind, with nuanced descriptions and tips to help you make the
Common Sense Media age-appropriateness ratings even allow you to
restrict which of the movies in your collection your kids can browse and watch
with Kids Mode. Look out for our full Kids Mode blog post later this week for
the full scoop on this exciting feature that protects your kids even when
you’re not around.
Whether you’re looking for an animated adventure suitable for toddlers,
an action-thriller that’s safe for tweens, or a hilarious comedy for the whole
family, Vudu and Common Sense Media are here to help you pick a winner. Get
more info on all our helpful new family features here.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
We’ll be highlighting some of our favorite Common Sense Media rated
titles with themed collections to help you kick off the perfect family movie
night. This month we’re commemorating the start of football season and hitting
the gridiron with new and classic football movies.
Just scout out the collection here, click on a title that catches your interest, and scroll to the bottom of the page for a full review and recommendations. From kid-friendly picks like The Game Plan and Gus to more mature fare like Friday Night Lights and Jerry Maguire, Common Sense Media will help you make the right play and score big with your family.
With so much amazing content available to rent, purchase, and watch for
free on Vudu, there’s never been a better time to be a Vudu customer. We know you
love being able to watch the latest movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere, but understand
you also want to make sure that every member of your family is having a safe,
appropriate viewing experience every time they open up Vudu.
In a Variety
article highlighting exciting developments at Vudu, our VP and
general manager Jeremy Verba noted that “families are increasingly viewing
together, and they need tools to help them make sure the content is
appropriate.” So many of our loyal Vudu fans have asked for more and better
family viewing options to help screen for objectionable content, and in
response we are proud to unveil our new suite of customizable family features that
you can adjust to your family’s needs and preferences.
While some movies may simply be too adult for kids to watch, others may
contain a few instances of objectionable content that if skipped over, can be
enjoyed by everyone. That’s where Family Play comes in by letting you skip or
mute objectionable content like substance abuse, language, violence, and sex
and nudity. It is currently available on over 500
eligible titles, with new titles added each week.
We know every family is different, so we’ve made sure you can select
the content you’d like to avoid while leaving in everything else.
If nudity and drug use are deal breakers for your family viewing but
violence is ok, simply turn on Family Play, select those options, and hit play.
If the kids go to bed and you want to watch the rest without skipping, just
turn off Family Play without leaving the movie and keep on enjoying the show.
You can also create a four-digit pin to prevent kids from turning off Family
For even more flexibility, set up Family Play only on the devices you
want. Looking to use it on the family TV, but not on your tablet? No problem. Family Play is currently available on web, iOS
and Android devices, and select Samsung TVs (excluding 2017), newer LG TVs
(2017 models and up), and Xbox One. Get complete details here.
RATINGS AND REVIEWS WITH A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE
We know it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which titles are
appropriate for different members of your family, which is why we’re working
with Common Sense Media to make finding the perfect content for any age easier than
Common Sense Media is an independent, research-backed nonprofit trusted
by millions of parents and educators to give the best, most in-depth
recommendations for family entertainment. As the number one source of entertainment
and technology recommendations for families and schools, Common Sense media’s
age-based ratings and reviews provide dependable guidance on what you can
expect from movies and shows before you rent, buy, or press play.
Going well beyond MPAA ratings you can now get details on adult themes
and content like violence, language, and sexual situations, as well as
parent-minded themes like positive messages or role models, and consumerism.
Simply scroll to the “Parental Guide” on a title you’re interested in
to get an easy-to understand breakdown of a movie or show’s content, as well as
a recommended age range for younger viewers. Click here
for a list of rated titles.
Want to rest easy knowing your kids are watching only age-appropriate
content, even if you’re not there? Activate Kids Mode on your mobile devices,
smart TVs, and other devices to restrict your kids’ viewing to only Common
Sense Media rated titles within your collection and the specific age limit you
Whether the kids are using Vudu with the babysitter while you enjoy a
night out, or you’re letting them take control of your device, you can rely on
Kids Mode to create an appropriate entertainment experience. You can also require
a four-digit PIN to exit Kids Mode to ensure their curiosity doesn’t take them
out of Kids Mode. And you can choose whether you want to show any of our free
titles that meet your age-appropriateness setting.
Kids Mode is currently available on iOS/Android devices, Samsung TVs,
Vizio TVs, LG TVs, Roku, and Xbox One. Like Family Play you can use Kids Mode on
the devices just on the devices you choose. Details and frequently asked
Our curated Kids Store lets you and your family browse through
thousands of family-friendly titles to purchase or rent, and even includes ones
you can stream for free. Let the kids take control and browse for old favorites
or new discoveries without worrying about adult or inappropriate content coming
up in their search.
While Kids Mode restricts browsing to age-appropriate titles already in
your collection, Kids Store lets you and your kids browse and discover all our age-appropriate
titles in a safe, family-friendly section of the Vudu store. While free titles
may contain ads, those ads are also screened for age-appropriate content only,
so you don’t have to worry about adult content slipping through.
to find the perfect kid and parent approved movie or show for your next family
YOUR FAMILY, YOUR CHOICE
We hope that these customizable features provide all the answers you’ve
been looking for when it comes to family entertainment with Vudu. These
features are totally optional: easily available when you want them and
completely out of the way when you don’t.
With skippable content, expert recommendations, password-protected parental controls, and more, it’s never been easier to enjoy the best of movies and TV with your family. Try out the family features today and see how they make Vudu the safe, family-friendly choice for entertainment.