Definitions for v-chipˈviˌtʃɪp
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a computer chip or other electronic device that blocks the reception of violent or sexually explicit television shows.
Category: Computers, Radio and Television
Origin of V-chip:
1990–95; v (iolent ) or v (iolence ) +chip (def. 5)
Any censorship technology that allows parents to control the level of objectionable content that their children may see on television.
Origin: Stands for violence chip, coined and devised by Tim Collings, promoted by the William Jefferson Clinton Administration.
V-chip is a generic term for technology used in television set receivers in the USA, Canada, and Brazil which allows the blocking of programs based on their ratings category. It is intended for use by parents to manage their children's television viewing. Televisions manufactured for the United States market since 1999 and all units as of January 2000 are required to have the V-chip technology. The idea for blocking programs in this way was patented by Brett West and John P. Gardner in 1994 and tested in Canada. Since then many devices using V-chip technology have been produced. V-chip technology works much like closed captioning and uses the vertical blanking interval in the television signal. The system receives a special code in the broadcast signal which indicates the show's score according to a simple numerical rating system for violence, sex, and language. The programs' signals are encoded according to their rating, on line 21 of the broadcast signal's vertical blanking interval using the XDS protocol, and this is detected by the television set's V-chip. If the program rating is outside the level configured as acceptable on that particular television the program is blocked. The V-chip does not block news or sports casts as this sort of programming does not have ratings.