Co. to offer services to subscribers via its Web site

Time Warner Cable and a consumer group joined forces to offer independent ratings and reviews of TV shows, movies, books, music and video games so that parents can make “informed media choices” for their families.

According to a joint announcement, TWC will next week offer to subscribers via its Web site,, and its high speed online service, Road Runner, access to ratings and reviews prepared by Common Sense Media, a group that describes itself as nonpartisan and pro-First Amendment.

On its Web site,, CSM has been providing its own ratings and reviews of “media and entertainment based on child development criteria created by leading national experts,” announcement said.

“We are pleased to partner with Common Sense Media in giving parents additional tools and information to help them make informed decisions for their families,” TWC prexy-CEO Glenn Britt said in a statement. “Our goal is to incorporate Common Sense Media assets and expertise across a wide variety of Time Warner Cable platforms making this information easy to access for interested customers. We believe Common Sense Media’s extensive reviews will add another level of resources to the cable ratings system that has been operating since the mid 1990s.”

Several members of Congress as well as social conservative groups have openly called for subjecting cable to FCC indecency regulations that govern broadcast content. Earlier this year, TW and Comcast both responded to pressure to offer “family tier” cable packages.

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