Parents Television Council Asks Amazon to Help Parents Protect Kids
The Parents Television Council applauded Amazon for adding Kid GENIUS Cartoons Plus to its streaming service but simultaneously called on the company to reconsider charging an additional fee for this programming block. Instead, the PTC suggested that Amazon move to a model similar to Sirius/XM.
"As an add-on to an existing Amazon Prime account, access to Kid GENIUS Cartoons places an additional financial burden on families. Similar to the model provided by Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, Amazon should offer a family-friendly programming plan that would allow parents to block explicit titles at all times and across all devices, while offering a discounted subscription fee so that concerned families aren't asked to underwrite explicit, age-inappropriate or potentially-harmful programming," said PTC President Tim Winter.
"By making these changes, Amazon would become a much more family-friendly environment for the growing legions of cord-cutting parents who are turning to streaming video services for their family entertainment needs. Not only is this an important matter for Amazon's family subscribers, but we believe it to be in Amazon's strategic financial interest to do more to keep families interested in its service, and to its family market."
To read the latest PTC report about how Amazon ranks among other streaming services for family-friendliness, visit www.parentstv.org/OTT2017M.
The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families. Visit the new PTC Watchdog Blog at http://www.parentstv.org/blog/. Follow the PTC on Twitter: @ThePTC.