Compare the Profanity Filters

Perhaps you have heard of the different Profanity Filters now on the market.  We have evaluated them and have compiled the following chart to help you choose the one appropriate for your needs.

Use This Chart To Compare Profanity Filters
TVGuardian 501HD
TVGuardian LT
TVGuardian 401SD
TVGuardian 301
TVGuardian 201
TVGuardian 101
TVGuardian DVD Players
ProtecTV
Filters the profanity by monitoring the closed-caption signal embedded in the video signal. 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.
DVD Only
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.
When the filter mutes the sound for the offending sentence it 'xxx' out the offending word only if CC is 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
Strict, Moderate, Tolerant and Off
Strict, Moderate, Tolerant and Off
Strict and Moderate
Strict, Moderate, Tolerant and Off
None
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)
Religious, Sexual References, Hell & Damn (may be toggled on and off)
Religious, Sexual References, Hell & Damn (may be toggled on and off)
None
Religious, Sexual References, Hell & Damn (may be toggled on and off)
None
Has the ability to be turned OFF to disable the filtering without having to disconnect the device.
On-screen menu controlled, Unplug Device
Unplug Device
On-screen menu controlled, Unplug Device
On-screen menu controlled, Unplug Device
On-screen menu controlled, Unplug Device
Physical Switch
On-screen menu controlled
None
Audio Inputs
Two Inputs HDMI, Or Optical Audio (Toslink)
None
Two Inputs RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R), Or Digital Audio (Digital Coaxial)
Two Inputs RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R), Or Digital Audio (Digital Coaxial)
Two Inputs RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R), Or Digital Audio (Digital Coaxial)
One Inputs RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R),
None
One Input RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R)
Audio Outputs Two Outputs HDMI, Optical Audio (Toslink)
None
One Output RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R) Two Outputs RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R), Digital Audio (Digital Coaxial) Three Outputs RF (Coaxial), RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R), Digital Audio (Toslink & Digital Coaxial) Two Outputs RF (Coaxial), RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R) Two Outputs RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R), Digital Audio (Toslink & Digital Coaxial) Two Outputs RF (Coaxial), RCA HiFi Stereo (L/R)
Video Inputs Two Inputs HDMI Two Inputs Yellow Composite Video (RCA) (for CC only) Two Inputs Composite Video (RCA), S-Video Two Inputs Composite Video (RCA), S-Video Two Inputs Composite Video (RCA), S-Video One Input Composite Video (RCA)
None
One Input Composite Video (RCA)
Video Outputs One Output HDMI
None
Two Outputs Composite (RCA), S-Video Two Outputs Composite (RCA), S-Video Three Outputs RF (Coaxial), Composite (RCA), S-Video Two Outputs RF (Coaxial), Composite (RCA) Three Outputs Composite (RCA), S-Video & Component Video Two Outputs RF (Coaxial) OR Composite (RCA)
Warranty
1 Year Limited Warranty
1 Year Limited Warranty
1 Year Limited Warranty
None
None
None
None
None
45-day Satisfaction Guarantee when purchased from Family Safe Media.
Phone Technical Support
Can Activate Subscription. No Technical Support Offered
None
Availability
In-Stock
In-Stock
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Editorial Pro: The 501HD will work with all new sources/devices that use HDMI cables. It also includes optical audio ports to easily attach new surround sound or soundbar options. Like the 401SD, the 501HD includes a remote control for easy menu changes and input switching. Con: Will not work with older RCA connections or combo DVD/VCR players. Must have HDMI on your devices. Pro: The LT is a new generation of TVGuardian. Rather than a "middle-man" box where inputs and outputs pass through the TVGuardian, the LT works more like a smart remote control, muting the TV when necessary (much like a remote control). The LT will also work with HDMI OR RCA connections and includes 2 inputs for 2 different sources/devices. The LT will work with combo DVD/VCR players and will work with many surround sound or soundbars! Pro: The 401SD will function just as the 301 model, but includes a 2nd input option for another source. Includes the on-screen CC options and on-screen filter menu. Also includes a remote control for quick input changes, and easy filter setting changes. Con: Will not work with HDMI or combo DVD/VCR players. Pro: This model has the same features as the TVG Model 201 (left column) but without the RF Modulator, Digital Optical Audio and has extra input. If you have a TV with video inputs and you don't have a home theater system, you will be fine with this TVG Model 301. Pro: The TVGuardian is good at what it does and is our choice for filtering profanity. This model has more features than the previous. Including on-screen menu control with a password feature. Plus more choices on word control Plus Digital Audio and S-Video support. Pro: Some people like this filter the best. They say it is better at filtering profanity. Con: Setup instructions are not as complete for people that have a lot of audio video equipment. No S-Video or Component. Some of these features are offered in the new TV Guardian Models 201 & 301 (Left Columns) Most people turn off the filter while watching a religious show because it cannot tell the difference between a good reference to God or a bad one. Pro: It is so nice to have the features of a DVD player and the protection of the TVGuardian. Take a look at the portable version to take it on the road for those family trips. On-screen menu control with a password feature. It can even lock down movies that exceed your rating limit. Plus more choices on word control. Plus Digital Audio, S-Video and Component video support. Pro: Installation guide is very complete. The hardware is well built The ProtecTV filters 400 words, reportedly more than the TVGuardian, but how many offensive words are there? Con: It doesn't display the closed-captioning when it is filtering profanity -- only displays if closed- captioning is turned on for the entire movie. Strange definition of 400 offensive words. It filtered "kill" and "dead", but missed "pissed".