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House votes to turn down volume of noisy TV ads

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by BubblePuppy, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

    Nov 3, 2006

    (Note: I know there was a thread already started a while ago on this topic but I couldn't find it. So Mods, move this thread as appropriate.)
  2. Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2008
    I think it's great that the volume will be equalized through commercial breaks but I can't believe it took an act of congress to make it happen.

    With all of the stuff happening in the country today, this is what our representatives are working on?? :confused: I had hoped that consumer pressure on the service providers (Directv) would have made this happen.

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to it having an effect on my volume, but I can't help but think it will be as useful as the canned spam act.
  3. Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    Rather hard to say where this belongs, but this is probably the most appropriate area.

    I had been very seriously considering dropping Dish because of the EXTREME volume differences between regular programming and network ads and Dish inserted ads. The Dish inserted ads would BLAST through and, I swear, could wake the dead. It seems MUCH improved in the last couple of weeks (knocking on head). I'm glad I don't have to go through the hassel of dumping them for either cable or Directv.
  4. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    Along the same vein, I don't like the differences in volume between channels. I can understand it on OTA since all channels are coming from different sources, but with cable or satellite, all channels are being delivered by a common source no matter where they originate. Without knowing the mechanics of how such companies operate technically, it would seem reasonable for the volume on all channels to be able to be equalized.
  5. kmax

    kmax AllStar

    May 23, 2007
    Some channels have seemed worse for me lately. I used to notice from time to time, but lately they seem to just blare to the point of being uncomfortable.
  6. olguy

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    Jan 9, 2006
    Since I never watch live and use the quick skip to get through commercials the only time I get a burst of loud from a commercial is when the quick skip lands in one and that is only momentary. The greater problem for me, as mentioned above, is the volume difference between pcm and DD channels. What I do now is prior to changing channels or stoping playback of a recording is roll the volume back on my Onkyo and start over on the new channel/recording. A pain and I shouldn't have to do it but it gets me through an evening of TV :p
  7. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    Over the years I've used some sound leveling systems on music because of volume differences between recordings. It screws up the sound. I hope someone doesn't decide that this will be the way to comply with this law.

    And this is going to be enforced by who? Are we going to pay a tax on TV's for this kind of trivial stuff or are we just going to borrow against our grandkids income to hire a guy to sit around and listen to TV and an attorney and staff to prepare complaints?:nono:
  8. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    Honestly my biggest issue is the volume level differences between HD and SD channels (with SD being much louder). I don't watch much (if any) SD anymore, but my kids do. When channel surfing in the kids channels (290's) it can be quite a shock when you go from a volume adjusted HD channel to an SD channel.
  9. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    I also would have thought the idea that congress was going to look at this issue would have been enough to get the providers to act voluntarily. The could have cut it down some, made some people happy and congress might have stayed out of it.

    But congress lives for little crap like this. It is petty and insignificant, but if someone who hated the loud ads thinks their representative helped kill them, then they are pleased and the rep stays in office.
  10. n3ntj

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    Dec 18, 2006
  11. Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    I should have knocked on my head a bit harder as the problem is back, although not as bad as a couple of weeks ago. :(
  12. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I'm ashamed to say that the first time I read this subject header, I was trying to figure out what Dr House was doing voting, and how it fit into the current plotlines on that show ;)
  13. lwilli201

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    Dec 22, 2006
    This is a problem that the FCC could have addressed. If they would have threatened to recommend to congress to pass legislation to solve this problem, there could have been a voluntary resolution. The FCC probably has a mountain of complaints about loud commercials, but they did not act on them.
  14. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I find it a bit humorous that the need to do this has to be legislated....nothing political at all....just that the advertising industry itself apparently lacks the common sense to establish standards and then follow them on their own. :rolleyes:
  15. Richierich

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    Jan 10, 2008
    I'm sure once it is passed they will get the message and act accordingly. If not then even stronger legislation will get passed. I wouldn't think they would be so stupid as to ignore the wishes of Congress but who knows.
  16. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    One problem I see with the way it is written is that a quiet commercial will be required for shows with little dialog, and a louder one will be acceptable for, say, "Deadliest Catch."

    Who is going to average the volume levels of the programs before they air and tell the ad agency how loud the spot can be?
  17. olguy

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    Jan 9, 2006
    And here is a FCC representative taking complaints about loud commercials:

    From the FCC web page regarding Program Background Noise and Loud Commercials comes this:

    And that is why congress got into it.
  18. bicker1

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    Oct 21, 2007
    Paul's hit on a major issue; it is so mindless to pass a law saying (effectively), "Don't be annoying to me," but without a very clear standard for what objective measurement can be used to distinguish compliance from non-compliance, it's just hot air -- setting expectations within viewers with no reasonable basis for expecting things to change. I'm not saying that this law is that inadequate -- I haven't looked at it that closely yet -- but that's just the sort of thing Congress typically does in situations like this.
  19. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    It would be hard to enforce such a law that only says "commercial volume has to be the same or lower than the program" unless there was also a regulation on program volume... As others suggest, a program could be lower and then by default make a submitted commercial in violation of the law.

    I'll agree to the annoyance factor of significant volume changes... but I think they are going to have to look at some other way to discourage the practice.
  20. lwilli201

    lwilli201 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 22, 2006
    Sounds like one big cop out to me. That statement is pure hogwash. But that is just my opinion. :lol:

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