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TV Commercials Getting Louder

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by natrab, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. natrab


    Dec 9, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    I know they've always done this, but it has been getting really bad lately. On Fox especially, commercials are usually nearly twice as loud as the shows. I get so tired of having to mute every commercial break to save my ears from getting blasted off. I think it's gone beyond the point of drilling the commercials into our heads and now just pisses us off so we mute them.

    Anyone else as annoyed with this as me? It's mainly because I have been out of work for the last month and it's left me in front of the tv more than usual. Still, I mean come on.
  2. hateater

    hateater snatch canadian cream

    May 4, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    Wow, I thought it was just my TV or something..... god I hate commercials.
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I always mute commercials anyway, but..

    Commercials aren't actually louder, more often, it's the network that is quieter. well not actually.

    most TV programs have lots of compression in the audio, while commercials are uncompressed, so it sounds louder to us, when it actually isn't. Actually, it's not that simple, I can't remember it all, but it's something like that, I'm tired...
  4. natrab


    Dec 9, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    True, the dynamics with in most shows are pretty bad. However the commercials are louder than even the loudest parts of shows.

    I've wondered if the make a compressor/limitor for home theater systems that would alleviate the problem.
  5. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    My RCA TV has this feature that makes the sound level the same during commercials.

  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    My roommate works at the biggest channel in Germany. They are already louder than any other channel, but they even then boost the signal during commercials by 8 dB.
  7. Joe Turski

    Joe Turski

    Jul 29, 2003
    TiVo works great for fast forwarding through the commercials.
  8. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    This issue used to be regulated (here in the US, anyway) by the FCC. I wouldn't be surprised if that oversight went away during deregulation.

    This was a hot topic back in the '60s - the more things change, the more they stay the same....
  9. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I wrote dumb song with the lyric: "sittin', starin' at the TV screen. I see commercials, but nothin' in between".
  10. Speaking of commercials,
    has anyone seen the Miller commercial with the guy walking thru the party with a smirk on his face and people asking him if he's got a new tie, waxed his back, going commando, etc... like a Viagra commercial.

    Just wondering....
  11. jongor


    Jan 11, 2003
    TV is just a way to market to the public.

    It's becoming less and less about entertainment and more and more about marketing.

    Commercials are so frequent, seemingly sometimes longer than the program itself, that I find it difficult to sit through an entire show.

    *rant over*

    And yes, the commercials always seem louder to me too.
  12. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I wish the Simpsons would play on In Demand.
  13. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I wish there was a 24 hour all-simpsons network. :D

    no, correction all-groening network, futurama is + too
  14. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001

    I miss Futurama.
  15. PJaye


    Feb 2, 2004
    How I dealt with this:

    The L-R audio outputs I feed into a Alesis 3630 compressor. Now, when commercials try to blast through, they get leveled-out by the compressor going into my tuner/amp. It works great :)

  16. don't get cartoon network?
  17. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    yes, but the show was canned, so no new episodes are being made.
  18. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001

    Exactly what I meant.
  19. KidNamedFord


    Aug 17, 2003
    just dont watch tv, go play your bass... works great for me
  20. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Actually the loudness of commercials was deregulated during the Reagan administartion. I NEVER was able to comprehend why anyone but sponsors thought this was an advantage. I think virtually anybody who watched TV HATES when ads come on blasting. I mute ads anyway, but it is irksome to have to mute and unmute several times during any given show.

    Furthermore, I am growing increasingly irritated by the number of ads during breaks plus the increasing number of breaks. I watch news and talk shows primarily. Sometimes, the news show has only ONE news item between ad breaks!

    TV advertising has insidiuosly increased volume, frequency and length over the last several years until now it has reached stauration. This overkill has considerably diminished my enjoyment of TV.

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