Optus TV feat. Foxtel: Parental & Content Control PIN

You can control TV viewing such as blocking channels, setting up viewing restrictions or set purchase restrictions via the Parental Control screen.  To access this screen - you will need to enter your 4-digit PIN. When you first use your digital set top unit, your default PIN is '1234'. To make your PIN secret, you should change it to a different number that you find easy to remember.

To display the Parental Control screen:

  1. On the setup screen, highlight Parental Control and then press select

  2. Use the number buttons to enter your PIN

Select from the options below: 

Blocking Channels

The Blocked Channels screen lets you block certain channels. Whenever you are watching Digital TV, to a view a blocked channel, you must enter your PIN.

  1. From the Parental Control screen, highlight Blocked Channels, then press select. The Blocked Channels screen displays

    A Tick symbol symbol next to the channel name indicates that the channel is not blocked.

    A Restricted symbol symbol next to the channel name indicates that it is blocked.

  2. From the list of channels, use Up Arrow or Down Arrow to highlight a channel you want to block or unblock, then press Left Arrow or Right Arrow to select the setting you want

  3. Repeat step 2 to block or unblock all the channels you want

  4. You can also unblock all the channels at once by pressing the yellow button

  5. When you have finished selecting channels to block or unblock, press back

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Set Viewing Restrictions

The Viewing Restrictions screen lets you select the classification categories you want to restrict, so that those who do not know your PIN cannot watch programmes broadcast at a restricted classification.

The classification categories you can restrict are explained below:

  • R - for adult viewers aged 18 and over
  • AV - for adult viewers only - violent content
  • MA - for viewers aged 15 or over - children under 15 are not permitted to watch MA programmes unless in the company of a parent or adult guardian
  • M - recommended for viewers aged 15 years or over
  • PG - parental guidance is recommended as to the suitability of the film for children under 15

Please note: 

  • A Tick symbol symbol next to the classification category indicates that it's not restricted
  • A Restricted symbol symbol next to the classification category indicates that it's restricted

If you restrict a classification category, this means that whenever a programme is broadcast with that classification, you must enter your PIN before you can watch it.

When you restrict a classification category, all the classification categories above it are automatically restricted.

  1. From the Parental Control screen, highlight Viewing Restrictions, then press select.  The Viewing Restrictions screen displays

  2. To restrict a classification category, use Up arrow and Down arrowto highlight it, then press Left arrow or Right arrowto select the Restricted symbolsymbol. To remove the restriction, press Left arrowor Right arrowto select the Tick symbolsymbol

  3. Repeat step 2 to make all the changes you want

  4. To save your changes, highlight Save New Settings then press select, or to cancel, press back

Please note: If you press the red button to reset all the settings, the settings will change to the standard settings. The standard setting is that any programme broadcast with the ‘R’ classification will be restricted, but you can remove this restriction if you wish by following the steps above.

Viewing Restrictions work only if the broadcaster provides classification category information. Optus is not responsible for channels providing incorrect classification information.

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Set Purchase Restrictions

The Purchase Restrictions screen lets you choose if you need to enter your PIN to purchase a programme.

  1. From the Parental Control screen, highlight Purchase Restrictions then press select. The Purchase Restrictions screen displays

  2. On the Purchase by PIN item, press Left Arrow or Right Arrow to select the setting you want - 'On' or 'Off'
    If you select 'On', you must enter your PIN to purchase a programme

  3. To save your changes, highlight Save New Settings then press select, or to cancel, press back

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Change PIN

You can change the PIN code to a secret 4-digit number.  

  1. From the Parental Control screen, highlight Change PIN, then press select. The New PIN screen displays
    (While the New PIN screen is displayed, if you change your mind and do not wish to change your PIN, press back to cancel your changes)

  2. Use the number buttons to enter a new 4-digit PIN of your choice. If you make a mistake, you can press Left Arrow  to delete a digit
    (The New PIN screen displays again)

  3. Enter your new 4-digit PIN again

  4. A message displays to confirm you have changed your PIN

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