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Walmart’s Vudu adds Family Play feature so viewers can skip sex, violence and substance abuse – TechCrunch

Vudu, the streaming service owned by Walmart, introduced a brand new characteristic right now that can make it simpler for viewers to keep away from intercourse and violence in motion pictures.

Anybody who’s watched an R-rated film on broadcast tv or on an airplane might be accustomed to movies which were “edited for content,” however Vudu’s new Household Play choice give viewers extra management over what they discover objectionable.

Particularly, they will flip filters on and off for intercourse/nudity, violence, substance abuse and language. Within the first three cases, Vudu will skip the related scenes, and within the case of sturdy language, it’ll mute the dialogue. The characteristic is already supported in greater than 500 movies.

At an advertiser occasion in May, Vudu leaders steered that they’ll stand out from the opposite streaming providers by creating content material that may be watched by total households, with Senior Director Julian Franco declaring, “We’re not just going to be programming for Williamsburg and Silver Lake.”

It appears like Vudu has related ambitions for all its authentic content material. In a weblog submit right now, Vice President Scott Blanksteen wrote:

With a lot content material obtainable and extra folks watching, what if we is also a streaming service that gives an ideal, secure viewing surroundings for households? What if we may present our clients the pliability to make sure that content material and the Vudu expertise are acceptable for everybody within the household to look at, together with the youngest of viewers – youngsters?

A streaming service known as VidAngel bumped into authorized hassle (and finally declared chapter) a pair years in the past when it tried to promote motion pictures that have been edited to be household pleasant. Nevertheless, the place VidAngel was working independently to decrypt and edit DVDs, Vudu instructed Selection that it’s working with the film studios.

Vudu additionally says it’s partnering with advocacy group Frequent Sense Media to supply rankings and critiques “from a parent’s perspective,” and to create a kid-friendly viewing mode. And it’s launching its first authentic sequence right now — a remake of “Mr. Mom,” with new episodes streaming each Thursday.

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