Finally! TV Commercials to Get Quieter

Dec 13 2012, 2:10pm CST | by

Finally! TV Commercials to Get Quieter
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Say goodbye to those obnoxiously loud television commercials! Starting Thursday at midnight, commercials will legally have be within two decibels of the programming during which they air. According to Today, 2 db isn't just a random number. Joe Addalia, Hearst Televison's director of technology projects, provided research that suggests that anything louder than 2 decibels is "the difference between viewers reaching for the remote and not." Has your favorite show been canceled? Though there have always been volume limits on programming set by stations, the upper limit was set to accommodate peak sounds such as a gunshot.  Before the implementation of the new law, called the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM), advertisers tended to air entire commercials at the peak level. Joel Kelsey, legislative director for Free Press, explained the need for the CALM Act, stating that loud commercials "have consistently been one of the issues consumers are most energized to write the FCC about. They don't like being screamed at every time the program breaks to buy deodorant." Are you excited about quieter commercials?

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

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