KIDS WATCH SAFER WITH KIDS MODE

BUILT FOR FAMILIES

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 kid’(s) age(s).

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 PIN

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 Mode.

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 enter settings.

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.

GETTING THE MOST FROM OUR NEW VUDU FAMILY FEATURES

CHOOSE HOW YOUR FAMILY WATCHES

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.

FAMILY PLAY

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 Play.

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 ever before.

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.

KIDS MODE

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 set.

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 questions here.

KIDS STORE

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.

Click here to find the perfect kid and parent approved movie or show for your next family movie night.

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.

OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH X-MEN WRITER CHRIS CLAREMONT

THE MAN BEHIND THE PHOENIX

To commemorate next week’s digital release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, we sat down with legendary comic scribe Chris Claremont, writer of the original Dark Phoenix Saga. Read on to hear Chris’s thoughts on comic book adaptations, good and evil, the future of X-Men movies, and more.

V = Vudu

CC = Chris Claremont

V: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us. You’ve created some of the most iconic characters in the [X-Men] franchise. We’re really happy we get to ask you some questions.

CC: Well, thank you.

V: As a comic writer and creator, what has this huge boom in superhero movies and TV been like for you? Did you see this coming at all?

CC: I  suppose in a way yes, because from the moment I started at Marvel as an associate editor we’ve always been trying to interest movie and TV companies in the characters and the stories.

Stan [Lee] and I talked with Jim Cameron in 1988 about an X-Men project that [he] would produce. You know, it’s partly a matter of being in the right place at the right time both for the creators and the material, and that’s what happened in 1998. We got a 20 year run out of it, which is not too bad.

V: One of the longest running movie franchises, period, I would say.

CC: Well, I have a suspicion The Avengers might catch up.

V: It’s looking that way, although there looks to be some synergy coming.

So the Dark Phoenix Saga, in particular, has been adapted multiple times in movies and TV. It’s a story that fans love to revisit and Hollywood loves to retell. Why do you think this story holds such a particular fascination to movie fans and comic fans?

CC: Not to put too fine a point on it, it’s a cracking good story. It’s a story about love, and horror, and courage, and sacrifice. It’s a story of moral choice.

It’s essentially: What do you do if you have the power to one day save creation from its own destruction, but a week later you commit planetary genocide? Where is there a balance? When you have that level of ability tied to a physical reality that is mortal. You know, it’s essentially growing up.

V: [The Phoenix] ends up being something that harms [Jean] as much as it helps her in so many ways. Does that symbolize anything to you? Is there any sort of real world inspiration for what she has going on there?

CC: Well we all have the potential within us for awesome good and awesome evil. We’d like to think we all have the capacity to grow and to learn and to mature. The trick is, can we do so in time to prevent the commitment of any unforgivable act?

V: One more quick question: It’s been teased by Kevin Feige that we’re going to see some mutant content in the MCU going forward.

Do you have any advice for the people who might be putting their fingerprints on these characters you worked with going forward?

CC: I have 10 fingers. If you want to make a movie about the X-Men, give me a call. And the one thing that I think we can all take for granted is that Marvel Studios will find an interesting and exciting and engrossing way of figuring out what to do next.

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NEW TITLES ON DISC TO DIGITAL THIS MONTH

CONVERT BLU-RAY TO DIGITAL AND WATCH ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, ON ANY DEVICE

Don’t leave your movie collection behind when you’re on the go; take it with you with Vudu Disc to Digital.

Disc to Digital is the only service that lets you turn your discs into high-quality digital copies with the click of a button. You can watch your converted movies and shows on your computer, smart TV, game console, phone, and all your other devices anytime, anywhere.

Now through tomorrow you’ll also receive a $5 bonus Vudu credit when you convert 10 discs to digital, so you can have your digital copies and enjoy something new too.

We’re adding new titles every month, so now’s the perfect time to take your collection to go. Check out what’s new:

BEN IS BACK

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 4

THE VANISHING

THE LAST MAN

KING OF THIEVES

TOOTH FAIRY 2-MOVIE COLLECTION

FLICKA 2

MRS. DOUBTFIRE

BIG

MR. MAGORIUM’S WONDER EMPORIUM

TOOTH FAIRY

PARENTAL GUIDANCE

RAMONA & BEEZUS

ERAGON

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

FLICKA

Bring your movies wherever you go with Disc to Digital. Check back next month for even more titles.