Saturday, December 15, 2012

Loud Commercials Are Now Banned

It's been a four-year effort, but this week, the FCC has barred broadcasters from showing overly loud commercials. Commercials must now be the same volume on average as the main show - putting an end to having to adjust the volume every few minutes or run for the mute button on your remote.

A television remote control being pointed at a television
Photo via Flickr user espensorvik
Television companies have known this rule was coming since 2010, when Congress passed the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act. Only two small television companies have been granted waivers.

According to Senator Charles Schumer, "It's about time we turned down the volume on loud commercials that startle TV watchers into paying attention."

If you notice a commercial is still too loud, send a complaint to the FCC via their complaint form. You can also call 1-888-TELL-FCC to report a complaint; TTY number 1-888-835-5322. Multiple complaints will prompt the FCC to look into a problematic commercial.

(via KearneyHub)

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