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Old 02-03-2010, 12:56 PM   #1
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Hi, I am new here and so I'm sorry if this has already been discussed. I did a search, but could not find anything pertaining to my question below.

I want to buy an LCD TV. Are there ANY LCD tv's that you can set up to require a password in order to use the TV? I'm NOT talking about the parental controls or V-Chip. I have untrusty roommates that I don't want using my TV so I want to lock it with a password. Do ANY LCD TV's (or plasma? Or even HD? Or.. ANY TV's in general) have this option??

Thanks, and again I'm sorry if this was already posted somewhere.
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http://www.lock-out.com/

The site is under construction for some reason today, but you might check it every so often.

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The site is under construction for some reason today, but you might check it every so often.

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Thanks, I am assuming when it is updated it will provide information on how to do so?
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Hi, I am new here and so I'm sorry if this has already been discussed. I did a search, but could not find anything pertaining to my question below.

I want to buy an LCD TV. Are there ANY LCD tv's that you can set up to require a password in order to use the TV? I'm NOT talking about the parental controls or V-Chip. I have untrusty roommates that I don't want using my TV so I want to lock it with a password. Do ANY LCD TV's (or plasma? Or even HD? Or.. ANY TV's in general) have this option??
I don't know about other brands, but the Panasonic LCDs and Plasma TVs have a password protected "LOCK" setting that can be set to lock out certain channels, or lock out all the inputs so that they have to enter a password to view em. I don't know if it locks out the TV's internal tuner though.

I suggest finding a particular brand/model of LCD TV that you're interested in, then download the Operating Manual for that particular model and see if it has a password protected lock feature like the Panasonic.
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You could set the parental control on the TV (and any devices hooked to it) to require a password for ALL ratings including the "G" rating and "NR" and that would work. You would also have to do this for the cable box, DVD player etc as well.
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Just as an FYI, the lock-out reference site I posted above is for a device that covers the actual male plug power cord making it impossible to get power to the display.

It is actually made with the purpose of keeping kids from plugging electronics into wall sockets. Just thought it might work on your roomies as well.

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