PTC suggests tweaks for a better Disney+

Friday, November 29, 2019
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

DisneyPlusWhile applauding Disney's new streaming platform, a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment advises parents to stay on guard.

Bloomberg reported earlier this year that investors cheered Disney's aggressive challenge to rival entertainment giant Netflix Inc. and others in the crowded field. Priced at just $7 a month, the platform is several dollars cheaper than Netflix’s most popular plan, which runs $11 per month.

Parents Television Council's (PTC) Melissa Henson says the new streaming service crafts a much safer platform than most others, calling it an 80 percent solution for families. But since Disney+ is not just for kids, she points out that Disney needs to add content filtering and parental controls.

"If they added a layer of filtering so you could say, 'My kid can browse freely, but I don't want them to be able to access anything that's rated PG-13,' that would be great," Henson suggests. "Or if you could filter out certain kinds of content, just a little bit of added parental control would make it go from an 80 percent solution for families to 100 percent solution for families."

Henson cautions that parents have to stay on their toes as more streaming services become available.

Henson, Melissa (PTC)"It's important for parents to be mindful as they bring in these streaming services that there are no content restrictions when it comes to streaming content," she says. "FCC and decency rules do not apply when it comes to streaming content, and you don't even have the benefit of advertiser pressure to hold these providers in line."

So, while more options, flexibility, and even more controls may be available, Henson warns that much more extreme content will also be available.

Disney+ reportedly weighs heavily on Disney's finances and is not expected to break even for about five years.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

How are you protecting yourself in public during the COVID-19 Outbreak?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Trump tempers officials' grave assessments with optimism
  Debate heats up over using an anti-malaria drug for COVID-19
Stocks rise sharply on hopes of progress in battling virus
Tiger at NYC's Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus
Justices rule for federal employee over age discrimination

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Welcome to the police state: Police give woman $200 ticket for going for a drive amid stay-at-home order
COVID-19 and the politics of fear and panic
Med prof: There are ‘major problems’ with current coronavirus mortality estimates
US forced into unthinkable gamble with livelihoods
Sheriff rebels against governor: 'We will not be setting up a police state'

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Reliably liberal AP seeking statehouse reporters

NYT newsroom (b&w pic)The Associated Press is making a big push to hire young reporters to cover state legislatures but a media watchdog is predictably raising concerns.