Restrict viewing of certain shows in iTunes?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by opinio, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. opinio macrumors 65816

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    Not sure if this post should go here or in the general Mac software forum, but I thought here was best.

    I run iTunes on a MacMini (HTPC) and have a number of TV series that I have dropped into iTunes (that I ran through HandBrake). They are WWII documentaries mostly and have some fairly graphic scenes etc.

    Problem is my young kids also use iTunes for all their TV shows I download. They are getting very savvy with the touch pad now with fully operating iTune so I am worried they will start viewing the 'death scenes' etc in the docos.

    Is there a way to password protect (or something similar) just certain TV shows or movies in iTunes? I don't mind if they appear in the thumbnails. I would just prefer the kids cannot view them.

    Alternately, does anyone have any method that would work with my situation. I would prefer not to have to remove/reinstall each time the movies etc as I still watch them regularly.

    Also I watch them on ATV so would anything I potentially do cause problems there?
     
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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  3. opinio thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Most of the material is watched on the Mac mini on the HTPC setup. The parental control in iTunes seems to do nothing. I have movies rated R and even when I set the control to say M I can still watch them on the mini HTPC. I assumed those controls were for purchases on the App store then?

    Also even if I restrict access on ATV how do I (not kids) watch them when I want to?

    I thought this would be simple? :( All I wanted is a quick password to come up when I attempt to view a video that is restricted. :(

    Cable, Smart TV etc etc all has this option.

    Thanks for the link. I'll try some more experimenting.
     
  4. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Sorry, can't help you with HTPC.
    Just tried on my :apple:TV 3 (the feature is now called Restrictions under Settings/General) set to PG, and indeed, if I attempt to play a PG-13 or R movie, it asks for the PIN set in Restrictions. As I understand, these restrictions are asserted in concert with iTunes serving the stream.
     

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