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FCC Part 15 Radio Frequency Devices
Section 15.120

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the authority in the United States of America that creates and enforces the use of airwaves throughout the entire radio frequency spectrum. This group of documents contains the entirety of the FCC Part 15 regulations that concern unlicensed radio frequency devices. As with all government documents, this material is in the public domain and may be freely copied so long as the content is not changed. This copy is provided as a convenience for RF Cafe visitors. 

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[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 47, Volume 1]
[Revised as of October 1, 2008]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access
[CITE: 47CFR15.120]
[Page 787-789]
 
                       TITLE 47--TELECOMMUNICATION
 
              CHAPTER I--FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
 
PART 15_RADIO FREQUENCY DEVICES--Table of Contents
 
                    Subpart B_Unintentional Radiators
 
Sec. 15.120  Program blocking technology requirements for television receivers.
    (a) Effective July 1, 1999, manufacturers of television broadcast 
receivers as defined in section 15.3(w) of this chapter, including 
personal computer systems meeting that definition, must ensure that one-
half of their product models with picture screens 33 cm (13 in) or 
larger in diameter shipped in interstate commerce or manufactured in the 
United States comply with the
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provisions of paragraphs (c), (d), and (e) of this section.
    Note: This paragraph places no restrictions on the shipping or sale 
of television receivers that were manufactured before July 1999.
    (b) Effective January 1, 2000, all TV broadcast receivers as defined 
in Sec. 15.3(w), including personal computer systems meeting that 
definition, with picture screens 33 cm (13 in) or larger in diameter or 
with displays in the 16:9 aspect ratio that are 19.8 cm (7.8 in) or 
greater in height and digital television receivers without an associated 
display device shipped in interstate commerce or manufactured in the 
United States shall comply with the provisions of paragraphs (c), (d), 
and (e) of this section.
    (c) Transmission format. (1) Analog television program rating 
information shall be transmitted on line 21 of field 2 of the vertical 
blanking interval of television signals, in accordance with Sec. 
73.682(a)(22) of this chapter.
    (2) Digital television program rating information shall be 
transmitted in digital television signals in accordance with Sec. 
73.682(d) of this chapter.
    (d) Operation. (1) Analog television receivers will receive program 
ratings transmitted pursuant to EIA-744: ``Transport of Content Advisory 
Information Using Extended Data Service (XDS)'' (incorporated by 
reference, see Sec. 15.38) and EIA-608: ``Recommended Practice for Line 
21 Data Service'' (incorporated by reference, see Sec. 15.38). Blocking 
of programs shall occur when a program rating is received that meets the 
pre-determined user requirements.
    (2) Digital television receivers shall react in a similar manner as 
analog televisions when programmed to block specific rating categories. 
Effective March 15, 2006, digital television receivers will receive 
program rating descriptors transmitted pursuant to industry standard 
EIA/CEA-766-A ``U.S. and Canadian Region Rating Tables (RRT) and Content 
Advisory Descriptors for Transport of Content Advisory Information using 
ATSC A/65-A Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP),'' 2001 
(incorporated by reference, see Sec. 15.38). Blocking of programs shall 
occur when a program rating is received that meets the pre-determined 
user requirements. Digital television receivers shall be able to respond 
to changes in the content advisory rating system.
    (e) All television receivers as described in paragraph (a) of this 
section shall block programming as follows:
    (1) Channel Blocking. Channel Blocking should occur as soon as a 
program rating packet with the appropriate Content Advisory or MPAA 
rating level is received. Program blocking is described as a receiver 
performing all of the following:
     Muting the program audio.
     Rendering the video black or otherwise 
indecipherable.
     Eliminating program-related captions.
    (2) Default State. The default state of a receiver (i.e., as 
provided to the consumer) should not block unrated programs. However, it 
is permissible to include features that allow the user to reprogram the 
receiver to block programs that are not rated.
    (3) Picture-In-Picture (PIP). If a receiver has the ability to 
decode program-related rating information for the Picture-In-Picture 
(PIP) video signal, then it should block the PIP channel in the same 
manner as the main channel. If the receiver does not have the ability to 
decode PIP program-related rating information, then it should block or 
otherwise disable the PIP if the viewer has enabled program blocking.
    (4) Selection of Ratings. Each television receiver, in accordance 
with user input, shall block programming based on the age based ratings, 
the content based ratings, or a combination of the two.
    (i) If the user chooses to block programming according to its age 
based rating level, the receiver must have the ability to automatically 
block programs with a more restrictive age based rating. For example, if 
all shows with an age-based rating of TV-PG have been selected for 
blocking, the user should be able to automatically block programs with 
the more restrictive ratings of TV-14 and TV-MA.
    (ii) If the user chooses to block programming according to a 
combination of age based and content based ratings the receiver must 
have the ability to
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automatically block programming with a more restrictive age rating but a 
similar content rating. For example, if all shows rated TV-PG-V have 
been selected for blocking, the user should be able to block 
automatically shows with the more restrictive ratings of TV-14-V and TV-
MA-V.
    (iii) The user should have the capability of overriding the 
automatic blocking described in paragraphs (e)(4)(i) and (4)(ii) of this 
section.
[63 FR 20133, Apr. 23, 1998, as amended at 68 FR 68546, Dec. 9, 2003; 69 
FR 2849, Jan. 21, 2004; 69 FR 59534, Oct. 4, 2004; 73 FR 5682, Jan. 30, 
2008]



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