Amazon Fire TV parental controls can now restrict content by rating


Software update for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has added more granular parental control options. Prior to this update, parents could only enable or disable Amazon Video content as a whole on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Now it is possible to restrict content based on the rating of the movie or TV show. Any content rated higher than the one selected would require a PIN code to be entered before viewing is allowed.


The new viewing restriction options can be found in the Fire TV’s settings menu under parental controls. Selecting to restrict all ratings is equivalent to the previous option of blocking all Amazon Video outright. Allowing only the “General” option means movies rated G and TV shows rated TV-G and TV-Y can be viewed without having to enter a PIN. The “Family” level opens up access to PG movies and TV-Y7, TV-Y7-FV, and TV-PG rated TV shows, while the “Teen” level grants PG-13 movies and TV-14 shows. The “Mature” level encomposes movies rated R and NC-17, TV shows rated TV-MA, and all unrated content.

These new viewing restriction settings only apply to video streamed from Amazon. While that does include videos from add-on subscriptions, it does not include videos within streaming apps like Netflix. You’ll have to continue relying on restriction settings within those apps, if they’re available, to limit that content.

The FreeTime parental control options have not changed with this update. Amazon suggests using FreeTime for children eight and younger. With FreeTime, parents specifically select movies, shows, and apps that can be accessed. The standard parental control settings, which are the ones being improved with this new software update, are recommended for kids 9 and older.

  1. Ulises A. Rodriguez, Ph.D. says:

    Elias, appart of this new “Parental control” feature, I have noticed that there some other new functions on the new firmware update that have not been mentioned yet.

    Amazon Fire TV (2nd Generation), Latest Software Version:

    New and Enhanced Features:

    Fire TV parental controls now include a Viewing Restrictions setting you can use to block playback of movies and TV shows from Amazon Video and selected third-party apps, based on their ratings category.
    To turn on viewing restrictions, open Settings >Parental Controls > Viewing Restrictions.

    Watch Live for video subscriptions is now available on Fire TV.
    If you have an add-on video subscription from Showtime or Starz, you can now live stream programming the same time as the TV broadcast.
    For more information, go to

    New Alexa Feature.
    You can now ask Alexa for information about nearby restaurants, shops, and other businesses with the Local Search feature.
    Alexa can also read Kindle books in your library through your Fire TV.

    The YouTube app for Amazon Fire TV (2nd Generation) TV now supports video playback in 4K Ultra HD.
    For more information, go to

    This update also includes a number of other performance improvements and bug fixes.

    Elias, perhaps you already know all the features of the new update, but I decided to post this information, because I have not seen anything about these new features mentioned in your AFTVnews site.

  2. Tim says:

    This is of little value on the legacy content (e.g. Charlie Brown) that is unrated but of no concern. This became so frequent a problem around false positives that we needed to abandon this control.

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