FCC acts to quiet blaring TV commercials
WASHINGTON — U.S. communications regulators cracked down on excessively loud TV commercials on Tuesday, implementing a bill passed last year to quiet commercials to the same volume as the programs they accompany.
The commission voted unanimously to require TV stations and cable and satellite operators to ensure that the average volume of a commercial does not exceed the average volume of the programming around it.
Oh this is great news! I'm tired of being blasted by loud commercials!!
no kidding!?!? That has always been a pet peeve of mine! It is obvious, annoying, and it makes me take note of the product and like it less!!
Now if they'd just start doing their job of controlling content instead of just volume.
Thank God...Anything more annoying then some of the most repetitively idiotic commercials that are aimed at us...like we are mindless gerbils flocking to buy whatever the latest "must-have" gimmick is (Car commeracials and Insurance companies are the worst in this area....IMHO)...is the volume at which they are dispersed!
They actually are trying to regulate content! I don't know if any of you watch streams online, but they try to get you to tailor the ads so that the marketing is targeted. Still lame
So when will this wonderful law be put in place? The ads are still killing me with excessive volume.
The new FCC rules enacting the CALM Act will go into effect in a year, giving TV providers until Dec. 13, 2012, to comply.
I have spent some time in America and having to put up with commercials every 10 minutes, then immediately following the opening credits, and immediately preceding and following closing credits, made telly virtually unwatchable.
This is great news, I've lost track of the amount of time that I need to turn down the TV during the ad break.
They've been talking about this for years, I'm happy to see it finally pass and actually be enforced, even if it's a year from now. At least we know it's actually going to happen, now if only our government spent more time on issues that mattered, national debt crisis, unemployment rates, etc.
Although I am going to enjoy not having to turn down the volume or be woken up at night by the blaring noise from an annoying commercial.
Well thank goodness, I hate it when the commercials blast, it is a constant volume adjustment nightmare but now I just mute it all. It's even better when I can just fast forward through all the lame a%* commercials anyway. I'm glad someone is doing something about it.
Well I started this thread three years ago and anyone can see (or hear,) that the problem is still on going.
Don't know how true it is, but I've heard that the average volume IS no more than the show. The problem is that all background noise is removed, leaving only the voice on the commercial. That single voice is then much louder than the voices on the show while the total volume from all the sources is still the same.
Maybe the problem lies with the cable provider/ My commercials are so loud that I must mute the them!
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