FCC acts to quiet blaring TV commercials

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  1. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 6 years ago

    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!!

    1. shelly_ramasocky profile image40
      shelly_ramasockyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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!!

    2. profile image0
      Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Very good.
      Now if they'd just start doing their job of controlling content instead of just volume.

      1. Ron Montgomery profile image60
        Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Another area where you and Obama agree...

    3. manlypoetryman profile image73
      manlypoetrymanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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!

  2. shelly_ramasocky profile image40
    shelly_ramasockyposted 6 years ago

    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 smile

  3. athena2011 profile image59
    athena2011posted 6 years ago

    So when will this wonderful law be put in place? The ads are still killing me with excessive volume.

  4. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 6 years ago

    The new FCC rules enacting the CALM Act will go into effect in a year, giving TV providers until Dec. 13, 2012, to comply.

  5. Disappearinghead profile image75
    Disappearingheadposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. Stacie L profile image87
      Stacie Lposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I agree and noticed a marked increase in the ads over the past three years. And sometimes I DO switch to another show when there are too many ads(commercials) running in a row. yikes

  6. charmike4 profile image69
    charmike4posted 6 years ago

    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.

  7. supplies expert profile image61
    supplies expertposted 6 years ago

    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.

  8. gryphin423 profile image68
    gryphin423posted 6 years ago

    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.

  9. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 3 years ago

    Well I started this thread three years ago and anyone can see (or hear,) that the problem is still on going.yikes

    1. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. Stacie L profile image87
        Stacie Lposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Maybe the problem lies with the cable provider/ My commercials are so loud that I must mute the them!

        1. wilderness profile image98
          wildernessposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Yeah, mine too.  But if you had a sound meter I bet you find that the total volume of sound is no more than the movie.  It's just all compressed into a single voice.


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