Family Play is no longer available. Updated: 7/20/2020.
CHOOSE HOW YOUR FAMILY WATCHES
With how much time we’re all spending together at home, there’s never been a better time to share movies with each other. Whether you want to re-watch your favorites or discover the latest releases with your family, we understand that you want to ensure every member of your family has a safe, appropriate viewing experience every time they open Vudu.
So many of our loyal Vudu fans have asked for 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. These include Parental Controls, Family Play*, Common Sense Media ratings, Kids mode for viewing movies, Kids Store with plenty of family friendly titles, and now Lists, which let you add movies to different lists – so every member of the family can have their own.
Get peace of mind with Parental Controls. Restrict what younger viewers can watch and purchase on your shared devices by setting your preferences and controlling access using a unique pin number.
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.
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.
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.
Want to make your own family friendly movie List? Check out some of our childhood favorites for inspiration.
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.