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V-Chip

The V-chip is an electronic chip included with televisions (with 13″+ screens) and cable boxes manufactured after January 1 2000. The chip allows parents, via in-device menu, to set a lock on the type of broadcast/cable media displayed based on content ratings. The provisions regulating the inclusion of the v-chip were part of President Clinton’s Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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