Patent Number: 7,765,565

Title: Content reproducing apparatus, and television receiving apparatus

Abstract: A plurality of types of rating information are easily and reliably set. A television receiver A includes a receiver main body 1 and a remote controller 15 for controlling it. The receiver main body 1 includes a tuner unit 3, a signal processing unit 5, a display control unit 7 for controlling display, a display unit 11, a remote controller photoreception unit 17, a control unit 21 for overall control, a parental control unit 23 for controlling view, and a rating information storage unit 25 in which rating information is stored. In the rating information storage unit, tables relating to rating information 25 shown in Tables 1 to 9 are stored. In the television receiver A, based on an instruction from the control unit 21, the information in the tables can be referred to as needed. Tables indicating a plurality of types of rating information are stored in the rating information storage unit 25. The rating information storage unit 25 stores a plurality of types of rating information based on different standards regarding parental control, with items capable of being commonly set among the multiple types of rating information being associated with each other. The control unit 21 can set at once the common items based the association regarding age limitation. When a block for rating information concerning a viewed program is not yet set, and if the rating of a particular program is equal to or above the level set by the user based on another rating information, a message is displayed so as to alert the user to the broadcast of programs that are not desirable for children.

Inventors: Ogawa; Tetsuya (Chiba, JP)

Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: H04N 7/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/27/12018