Turn the tv down !!

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Peace, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Say goodbye to one of the greatest irritants of modern life: television commercials that are MUCH LOUDER THAN THE SHOW YOU ARE WATCHING!
    Beginning Thursday ( Today ) , the Federal Communications Commission is barring broadcasters and pay TV providers from airing excessively loud commercials, saying ads must maintain the "same average volume" as the programs they accompany.


  2. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    I thought that this was already in place. In any case, I don't think it will help much- they only have to maintain the same average volume as the TV show, so think about alternating silence and balring noise that would average to a reasonable sound.
  3. avro707 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2010
    Supposedly they are the same volume, but they boost the mid-range frequencies, making them seem louder.
  4. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Oh, a heartfelt and profound amen to that. I thought it was just my (over sensitive) hearing, or my (intolerant) disposition, and loathing of advertising which made me think think that yes, ads were unnaturally loud, and - strangely - it seemed that I always had to lower the volume control on the TV remote control when the ads came on......and now, you tell me, this is what everyone experienced. Pity that I live across the Atlantic Pond, where such enlightened values (and laws) have yet to take hold.......I live in hope.

    Ah, that explains it.
  5. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2010
    Good luck with this. There is zero quality control in commercial delivery for networks. A computer pulls them off of a server, sets all the levels automatically, and some drone simply checks the code to make sure it's the right spot and that it's starts and ends in the right place. And remember, the average of a commercial is always going to seem louder cause its 15-30 seconds of pure noice for most spots. Shows take a break from loud noices for a much longer time.
  6. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
  7. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009

    Haven't really noticed it. I may have a sound check feature on my TV though
  8. obeygiant macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    totally cool
    well praise jesus!

    Its the worst on TNT. The commercials are just blaring compared to the show you're watching.
  9. MattG macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Fletcher, NC
    Until I can get all the shows I want on AppleTV/Roku/Hulu/what have you...yes.
  10. rei101 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    I work at a tv station and we are aware of the new legislation and cable operators are taking the seriously. We need a new certification too.

    But is not about the TV commercials only. The legislation actually measures the ratio on which the volume increases and the length of that increment.

    I mean, if the volume increases all of the sudden and keeps that way, there is an alarm in the CABLE OPERATOR that marks the tv show and the moment when it happened. the FCC will send a warning to the cable operator and the cable operator to the TV station. If its happen again there is a penalty.

    That is how actually works. Every cable operator are installing new software and hardware to measure those picks. Why the cable operators? because the FCC protect the audience who is the final costumer.

    In our end, we need to be careful with the programming we have because is not only tv commercials, it applies to movies and tv shows as well. that "sonic shock" is what the legislation is working.
  11. durruti macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2004
    interesting thread. Just a friendly reminder, don't forget that plasticy 'mute' button'!
  12. OnceYouGoMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2012
    In front of my Mac
    Yeah I still do because I enjoy channel surfing and screaming at all the PPI claim, payday loan, bingo, car insurance, cash my gold, price comparison website and ambulance chaser adverts that seem to infect UK TV like some sort of deadly virus :eek::D:p Maybe I need a life...

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