What Does TV MA Mean? (TV-MA vs R | What’s the Difference)
We often want to have special moments with our relatives, friends, kids and loved ones while watching movies but are afraid of inappropriate scene that might come up unexpectantly.
Cable television networks and broadcasters have different content ratings to distinguish the difference in their content and how appropriate it might be for a particular audience.
TV MA Mean: “The Content is For Mature Audiences Only” which means it’s not suitable for individuals under 17 years of age. There may be carnal activities, bad language or violence being portray.
The difference between TV MA Rated Movies and R Rated Movies is that TV MA have worse scene of carnal activities or abusive languages than R Rating Movies, but they are almost the same content.
TV Parenting Guidelines Ratings
The TV Parenting Guidelines Rating is a television content rating systems in the United States that was first propose on December 19, 1996, by the United States Congress.
This happened due to the increasingly volume of explicit carnal content, graphic violence and strong profanity in television programs.
This came into effect 10 days after the proposal that was establish as a voluntary-participation system, with ratings to be determine by individually participating broadcast and cable networks.
Broadcasters and Cable networks started presenting ratings to their viewers before the content began in order to alert them about the content-type they are about to consume, that it belongs to one of the following categories:
This indicates that the content is suitable for children of all ages.
This indicates that the content is suitable for children aged 7 and above. This content is appropriate for children who have acquired the development skills needed to distinguish between make believe and reality.
This indicates that the content is suitable for all ages even though the content might not contain content of interest to children. The thematic elements portrayed in TV-G programs with this rating contain little or no violence, mild language, and little or no sexual dialogue or situations.
This indicates that the content contains materials that parents may not find suitable for younger audience. TV-PG rating may include infrequent coarse language, some sexual content, some suggestive dialogue, or moderate violence.
This indicates that the content contains materials that parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age. Parents are urged to exercise some care in monitoring this program and are cautioned against letting children under the age of 14 watch unattended.
This indicates that the content is specifically design for “Mature Audiences” and may not be suitable for children under 17. Programs with this rating may include crude indecent language, explicit sexual activity and graphic violence. Example of some TV-Ma Movies
- D – Sexual or suggestive dialogue
- L – Coarse or crude language
- S – Sexual situations
- V – Violence
- FV – Fantasy violence (exclusive to the TV-Y7 rating)
There can be up to four content descriptors that can be applied alongside an assigned rating, depending on the kind of suggestive content featured in a program.
TV-MA vs R
TV-MA and R appears to be seminal, but they just have few things that separate them from each other.
- TV-MA: The content is specifically design for adults and may not be suitable for children under 17. Programs with this rating may include crude indecent language, explicit sexual activity and graphic violence.
- TV-R: This content is not that suitable for children under 17 as they will need to be monitored by parents’ while viewing as it may contain profanity, carnal activities and violence that may be regulated by guidance.
How to prevent children from watching TV-MA
Most often, parents have to make a quick consultation with their television salesperson concerning parental controls before purchasing as it’s depending on the model or brand that comes with the type of parental controls you may find favorable as a user.
Simply check out these links to get the exact steps to set up some of your favorite tv brands:
- TCL TV Parental Controls
- Sony TV Parental Controls
- Samsung TV Parental Controls
- Vizio TV Parental Controls
- LG TV Parental Controls
You can activate parental controls from the various levels, and they are: The App Store, Cable and Broadcast. We can also activate parental controls on the apps downloaded on our Smart TV.
TV MA: The content is specifically design for adults and may not be suitable for children under 17. Programs with this rating may include crude indecent language, explicit sexual activity and graphic violence.
Programs with this rating may include crude indecent language, explicit sexual activity and graphic violence.
You can use parental controls to block TV-MA contents on your Smart TV. Just activate them on each level we spoke about earlier.
Thanks for reading. Leave a comment and let us know if you need some technical assistance configurating any system.