Seeso

App review by
Galen McQuillen, Common Sense Media
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Comedy streamer has strong content filters, still for teens.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Easy to use with a consistent interface across all platforms. Straightforward to get set up, to find the content you're interested in, and to change settings quickly. 

Violence

Depends on content. Some shows depict cartoonish or R-rated realistic violence while others contain none at all. 

Sex

Depends on content. Some content features racy clothing and sexy talk, other shows have nudity, and still others have no sexual content. 

Language

Depends on content. The mildest content currently available contains light swear words such as "ass" and "dick," while the more R-rated titles have very frequent strong language, such as "f--k." There's an error page that sometimes shows up even when parental controls are enabled that says "dammit."

Consumerism

Monthly subscription required for full access, but no ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Depends on content. Some content features no substance use of any kind while others depict graphic and heavy substance use, usually in a comedic or romanticized way. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Seeso is a subscription streaming service that lets viewers watch NBC Universal comedy shows, clips, and movies on all mobile and video platforms. Titles include shows and movies such as Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, and Fletch. Parents can restrict access to more mature content with a pair of sliders and a pin code in the user settings, but there's no option to set up multiple profiles, so parents will have to adjust the settings every time to unblock content for their own viewing. At present, there's little to no content for kids younger than 14, and even those options might be a little too adult for younger viewers. Note that it's very easy to get your social media accounts linked with Seeso by accident, and there are plenty of points within the app where social media access is one click away. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

SEESO is a comedy-video-streaming app that consolidates NBC Universal's humorous programming and a few movies in one easy-to-access place. It's a lot like other services catering to cord-cutters such as Hulu, HBO NOW, and Showtime with its one-click access to programming from NBC Universal's television networks and film library, but it also has some original programming exclusive to the app. There's a little bit of free content, but most requires a $3.99 monthly subscription fee. Parents can find a pair of age sliders with a pin lock in the settings that can be used to restrict content using the usual TV and Movie rating categories, but there's currently nothing available for kids under 14.

Is it any good?

For comedy buffs, mobile access to this specific content is a lot of fun; the problem is that much is already available on other platforms, which puts pressure on the small amount of original content. So far, the original shows look like they could be pretty good, but given the app's niche focus it's unclear how often they'll be updated. Also, nearly everything in the app is for adults or older teens, so families with younger kids won't find many laughs. However, the content filtering and parent code do allow some differentiation between adult and teen users, which is helpful and will be great if and when the app has more content for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about appropriate viewing choices and limits. What kinds of shows are OK for kids, and how can families tell?

  • Talk about different kinds of comedy and what the difference is between making a joke that everyone can laugh at and making fun of people or groups of people. Why is it sometimes funny to see people on television or in the movies doing hurtful things or getting hurt? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free to download; $3.99/month subscription
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try
  • Subscription price: $3.99 per month
  • Release date: January 6, 2016
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 36.00 MB
  • Publisher: NBC Universal, Inc.
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.1or later; Android 4.1 and up

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