Quick Note: TV CALM Act Goes Into Effect Today, Stops Annoyingly Loud Commercials
December 13, 2012 11:54 AM
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Any television station or cable provider that doesn't monitor the volume of its advertisements will pay a fine
No more panic-stricken searches for the volume or mute buttons on your remote control when commercials come on -- the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has officially
launched the CALM Act
The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM, was instated today to prevent commercials from blaring at a significantly higher volume than the television programs.
The FCC has received complaints about the volume of ads for several years and has told users to simply mute the volume
in the past.
The act was introduced and passed in the House and Senate over a year ago, but providers were given time to upgrade their systems for the change.
"It's about time we turned down the volume on loud commercials that startle TV watchers into paying attention," said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), a co-sponsor of the act.
Any television station or cable provider that doesn't monitor the volume of its advertisements will pay a fine.
U.S. Government Printing Office
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How is it implemented?
12/17/2012 10:53:42 PM
I've got quiet channels, loud channels, movies of all different volumes. A compliant commercial might sound blaring by comparison. And ad producers can still use hard limiting to make them sound louder without technically breaking the rules if it's just a decibel limit restriction.
It'd be nice to get some actual "tech" on this subject..."daily" or otherwise.
"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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