Probably the greatest invention in as much as parental control over Television programs was the V-Chip. This article is going to take a look at how the chip was invented and came to be.
The V-chip was invented by Professor Tim Collings. It is patented with US patent number 5,828,204 and Canadian patent number 2,178,474.
The initial testing of this fantastic invention was done in 1991. The technology was originally referred to as the View Control by Professor Collings. Eventually, the name was abbreviated to what we now refer to as the V-Chip. Ironically, merely because the chip was originally created to block shows that contained violence, individuals thought the V in V-chip stood for violence. This, naturally, was not the case.
It wasn’t until 1993, even so, that the chip itself really got any recognition. Afterward the head of the Canadian Radio-Television & Telecommunications Commission, CRTC for short, Keith Spicer, was so impressed with Collings’ invention that he met with top US TV executives to express his concerns for the rising violence on TV. He specifically raised Collings’ V-Chip technology and the US TV executives were impressed. At this time the single thing that US TV stations were doing was making announcements before shows went on that they contained violence. But nothing yet was put in place to block the viewing of these shows. Regardless of the interest, although, nothing was executed yet to actually use the creation.
Then in 1994 the news of the V-Chip had spread to Europe. In June of that year Collings was invited to Europe to demonstrate his invention. This was carried out at a conference on Violence on TV incorporated Paris, France. A year later, he was invited to Belgium to also demonstrate his invention. This is where US Vice President Al Gore got his first look at the technology. At the time, yet, the technology was only able to block one program individually. By 1997, even so, he was invited back to Belgium when the technology was now capable of handling multiple informational schemes. At this meeting Collings helped with discussions about TV rating systems formats and encoding schemes.
Finally, on January 14, 1997, Collings gave the exclusive rights to his V-Chip to Tri-Vision Electronics Inc. The announcement was made at a press conference in Toronto. It was covered by many major Canadian as well as US TV networks.
The next measure was to have the V-Chip commercialized. So Tri-Vision and Professor Collings worked together to put out the initial commercial V-Chip product which was a Set-Top decoder that was capable of handling multiple informational schemes and in addition able to operate with existing TV technology. The decoder was shown to the public at the Canadian Cable TV Convention in Edmonton, Alberta in 1997. After that it was then shown at the US Cable Convention in Nashville, Tennessee that same year.
The V-Chip technology has been in consumer use now since 1999. In North the United States alone, million of sets use the V-Chip to block unwanted TV shows
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