- Sep 14, 2007
Kinda annoying, having to decrease the volume when commercials come on. Kinda genius on their part, because I never pay attention to them.
Years ago they were suppose to pass a law against that, but it never happened.
-KeithPDo television commercial advertisements sometimes seem louder than the shows they accompany? TV stations are prohibited from boosting the average volume of commercials to levels beyond the programs they accompany.
FCC rules for loud TV commercials are based on the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act.
so...that seems to imply that it is only the duty of the station to not boost the volume; but if the ads are provided "beyond the threshold," they aren't responsible for anything? I mean, I have no idea how that works in broadcasting--if stations actually control base audio levels across their entire stream. I assume they can, but when you run into clear examples that an ad break ends up with some asshole screaming at you out of nowhere, it tells me that if the law simply prevents the station from boosting that volume, then the ad content can be provided to them boosted, and they aren't on the hook for anything.
It's always embarrassing whenever I'm watching porn at work, and I accidentally yank out the headphone cable.That reminds me of how some people at work will randomly have something blast through their speakers and they'll be scrambling to turn the volume down lol. Jarrs me out every time. That's why I always keep the volume off or very low on my work PC.
I'm old enough to remember when there was no such thing as pay TV. It was all free, off your antenna. It's one reason I balk at paying for TV. At the moment I'm 100% free TV, off my rooftop antennas. Also, I refuse to watch ANYTHING live. My TCL 43" 4K Roku TVs support 90 minute timeshifting, so I can and do skip commercials.You used to pay for "cable tv" in the 80s, and the cable channels didnt have commercials.
Now, people pay for even the "free" channels, and everything except for a few premium channels has commercials...
Yep. I suppose there's some question of how the local broadcaster deals with it. They could bring down the overall level some and not have the maximum challenged.Actually, this effect has been used for several decades. I worked part-time in radio back in the 60's and it was becoming common then.
The fact is (or was at that time), the station does not actually make them at higher volume levels for the PEAK loudness. To run audio levels above the max possible for the ampifiers and transmitter circuits is poor practice because it results in limiting or "clipping" by the amplifier and hence sound distortion. For this reason, may broadcasting systems have automatic volume level limitng circuits to prevent this and make it impossible. But there IS a way to produce the effect of loud commercials that IS legal and technically feasible. It is called audio level COMPRESSION. Any audio signal train covers a wide variety of levels or "volume" as we experience them (often called "dynamic range") , and true reproduction of all that tries hard not to change that. A broadcaster does set their controls so that the MAX level does not exceed the technical limit. But what a special Compression circuit does is deliberately introduce some distortion by boosting the volume of the quiet bits, with less boost to the louder bits and none to the max volume parts. So a signal that normally ranges, say from 10 dB to 60 dB, is transformed into something that ranges from 40 dB to 60 dB. It never exceeds the max limit, but it most certainly is HEARD by the listener as "louder" than normal. This has been used widely in commercials for a long time. It is the technical replacement for the old technique of having the announcer or commercial reader almost yell their speech, which then still has to be limited for the highest volume parts.
I'm old enough to remember when there was no such thing as pay TV. It was all free, off your antenna. It's one reason I balk at paying for TV. At the moment I'm 100% free TV, off my rooftop antennas. Also, I refuse to watch ANYTHING live. My TCL 43" 4K Roku TVs support 90 minute timeshifting, so I can and do skip commercials.
The only time I've paid for TV is when there were 6 people living in this house and we all shared a cable subscription. That was brief and ended around 30 years ago! I'm considering subscribing to Netflix 4K.
I would like to point out that the last time I owned a TV set Red Squirrel was nothing but a six pack in his mom’s fridge.I would like to take this time to arrogantly point out that I no longer watch commercial based television and therefore have no reference point for the loudness of which you speak of.