Compare TVGuardian Models

Use the following chart to decide which TVGuardian will work best for you.

 

Use This Chart To Compare Profanity Filters

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TV Guardian
Model LT


TV Guardian
Model 501


TV Guardian
Model 401

Filters the profanity by monitoring the closed-caption signal embedded in the video signal.  The source must have closed-caption signal to filter.
Hooks between the TV and VCR/DVD/Satellite Receiver or Cable Tuner.
Works with most TV shows and movies.
When an offensive word is detected, the filter mutes the sound for the closed- captioned phrase (not just the word).
When the filter mutes the sound it displays the muted sentence on the screen with a replacement word.  
Acts like a smart remote control to quickly use the remote control signal (IR) to mute the sound when foul language is detected.
   
When the filter mutes the sound for the offending sentence it ‘xxx’ out the offending word.  Only if you have the closed captioning turned on, otherwise, it will not display anything.      
Allows for control of the closed-captioning display.
On/Off OR only when it is filtering the sentence. 
 
On-screen menus for Parents, Kids, Family and Other.   
Sensitivity Settings

Strict, Moderate, Tolerant and Off

Strict, Moderate, Tolerant and Off

Strict, Moderate, Tolerant and Off

Has the ability to control certain word groups and types.

Religious, Sexual References, Hell & Damn (may be toggled on and off)

Religious, Sexual References, Hell & Damn (may be toggled on and off)

Religious, Sexual References, Hell & Damn (may be toggled on and off)

Has the ability to be turned OFF to disable the filtering without having to disconnect the device.

Button Controlled

On-screen menu controlled

On-screen menu controlled

Audio Inputs

No Audio Connections Required

Two HDMI
Two Optical Audio

Two Inputs
RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R),
Or Digital Audio
(Digital Coaxial)

Audio Outputs

No Audio Connections Required

Two HDMI
Two Optical Audio

Three Outputs
RF (Coaxial),
RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R),
Digital Audio
(Toslink & Digital Coaxial)

Video Inputs

No Video Connections Required

Two HDMI

Two Inputs
Composite Video (RCA),
S-Video

Video Outputs

No Video Connections Required

Two HDMI

Three Outputs
RF (Coaxial),
Composite (RCA),
S-Video

Warranty

1 Year Limited Warranty

1 Year Limited Warranty

1 Year Limited Warranty

30-day Satisfaction Guarantee when purchased from Family Safe Media.
Phone Technical Support

Yes

Yes

Out of Warranty

None of these models support TV or Movies downloaded over the Internet, otherwise known as streaming video.

 

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Editorial:

Pro:
The TVGuardian LT (stands for Lite) is a good, low-priced option.

This model works great with the latest technology, including HDMI and digital audio connections.

It acts like a smart remote control using the TV’s remote mute signal to mute the sound when it detects foul language. 

The yellow video cable connection is still required to detect the closed-caption information.

Please Note:
This unit does NOT pass through the video.  It does NOT display replacement words on the screen like the other models do.

Pro:
The TVGuardian is good at what it does and is our choice for filtering profanity.

This new model has more features than all the previous models. Including on-screen menu control with a password feature.  Plus more choices on word control Plus HDMI and Digital Audio support

The yellow video cable connection is still required to detect the closed-caption information..

Pro/Con:
This model (like all previous versions, not shown) worked great for analog TV, not the current digital TV standard.