FCC passes act to turn down volume on commercials

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  1. Malcontent

    Malcontent Ancient Astronaut Theorist

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    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/ent...s-act-to-turn-down-volume-on-commercials.html

     
  2. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    A Galaxy...
    :up:
     
  3. marksman

    marksman ID-10-T

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    This is awesome. Some people have claimed it is just because commercials are more condensed and have more points of maximum volume so they just seem louder, but I have never believed that. There are cases where commercials are significantly louder.

    This only impacts me when I am trying to go to sleep with the tv on and am too lazy to hit skip with my eyes closed.
     
  4. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

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    I have to love the acronym, CALM.

    There are definitely some commercials that are REALLY loud. I notice this during sporting events on those "provider only" commercials...you know the ones that are broadcast by your provider only, if you have Comcast you will see one commercial, if you have DirecTV you will see another. These commercials are literally BLASTED. They are so loud that I have to turn the volume down, and put it back up with the game comes back on.

    The FCC finally does something consumer friendly :)
     
  5. Cearbhaill

    Cearbhaill Garden obsessed

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    OMG this makes my DAY!!!!

    I have complained about this for years!
    I was even told it was old people's ears mis-hearing.
     
  6. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

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    Let the complaints begin about the show content volume being lower. :)
     
  7. kdelande

    kdelande TiVo-Wobble

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    For me, on DirecTV, this has been especially noticibile lately on ESPN during Monday Night Football. I have to reguarly manage the volume going in and out of commercials.

    This is full of win!
     
  8. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Active Member

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    Agreed. I've been using captions for quite a while now to be able to tell what low-talkers are saying, now I'll probably need them for everything. I'm all for the blasted commercials being lower (though I FF through most of it anyway), but I hope it doesn't screw up the actual program I'm watching - we'll see.

    The whole 'law of unintended consequences' that seems to bite just about everything the gubbment does nowadays. :(
     
  9. ElJay

    ElJay Active Member

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    I'm hoping that this will cause the volume of commercials to simply go down instead of the dynamic range of the shows being destroyed even more to match the commercials.
     
  10. Rocketslc

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    Oh no.
    Without that blaring super holdem, raisem / lowerum, no showem bra infomercial to wake me after I fall asleep watching Craig Ferugson how will know when to wake up and turn the tv off.
     
  11. secondclaw

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    One time i ran a decibel monitor on my smartphone because i keep thinking something was wrong ... i keep increasing and decreasing volume while watching movies - had to decrease during commercials and increase when they ended. So the smartphone showed that dB doubled during commercials - insane.

    This is awesome news.
     
  12. ronsch

    ronsch Active Member

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    Did anyone read the article?

    It doesn't take effect for a year.
     
  13. markbox

    markbox Ni!

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    Great news! I would have gone further and written the rule to state that commercials are required to be 20% lower volume than the program being watched. Not that I watch many commercials (TiVo to the rescue).
     
  14. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Is this just now going into effect? I remember reading about this proposal years ago and thought it had already gone into effect. :confused:
     
  15. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

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    Well if the shows get louder to match the commercials...I can just turn the volume down :)
     
  16. javabird

    javabird Well-Known Member

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    Hooray!

    FCC to ban loud TV commercials todayl

     
  17. allan

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    The advertisers had to give a final shout (pun intended). Yesterday, I was watching the news, sort of snoozing. They went to a commercial and it was so loud, I jumped out of my chair. Now I have to fix a head-shaped hole in my ceiling. ;) :p
     
  18. efilippi

    efilippi Well-Known Member

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    This is my recollection as well. I think there was even some claim that all feasible steps had already been taken, that the remaining differences, if any (as some claimed it to be more an impression of loudness than it was actual decibel level), were caused by variations outside the control of any one organization.

    It somewhat makes sense to me that when the audio stream comes from different sources that control of volume to maintain some kind of standard would be a technologically difficult thing to do. Actually, I have no idea how it works, of course.
     
  19. janry

    janry New Member

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    The legislation mandating this FCC action was passed last December and signed into law by Obama on 12-15-10. There were delays from the original votes by both houses of Congress to appriove a reconciliaton act. The bill was orginally introduced in 2008.
     
  20. sieglinde

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    One of the few bipartisan things passed by Congress. Loud commericials? Hmm, I have a Tivo.
     

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