Nets fund TV control device search

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ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC have created a $2 million fund to spur the development and production of devices that will enable parents to limit the viewing of individual programs or entire channels that they deem to be objectionable. The so-called ``viewer-discretion technology'' will draw on a wide range of existing and emerging technologies that allow viewers to automatically delete or block types of TV programming. The networks hope to develop alternative methods of viewer-discretion technology in an effort to avoid legislation that would require TV set manufacturers to automatically install so-called ``V-chips'' in all sets over 13 inches in size, a move opposed by the broadcast networks.

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