OK. Who controls the audio compression? I'm guessing the channel does, correct? The reason I came to that conclusion, as I was watching History channel tonight, All commercials were at same level as the program I was watching, so I didn't have to make a mad scramble for the remote volume button. Thank you History channel. I also noticed the last dozen or so Dish commercials on various channels were lower than the program itself. Thank you Dish. Since I don't have to lower or mute, I am more inclined to at least sort of pay attention to them. The channels that also have commercials with various volumes just get turned way down or muted [ along with the high decibel ones] so what are they gaining? The various volume also seems to indicate the advertisers dictate the volume they want from the channel that is broadcasting. Just my observations. Hope everyone had a pleasant holiday, cheers Tymekeeper- we're on the same page!