CALM Act Approved – Commercials Are Getting Quieter

Posted Mon Dec 6, 2010 at 11:00 AM PST by Dick Ward

It's decades late, but we're finally getting some regulation on ridiculous commercial volumes.

You've probably been complaining about this as long as you've been watching television. Commercials are freakishly loud. They're louder than the show most of the time, and can be a pain to deal with, especially when watching at low volumes.

Congress has finally decided to do something about it by approving the CALM act, which would require that television commercials meet certain loudness requirements.

"Consumers have been asking for a solution to this problem for decades, and today they finally have it," says Califronia representative Anna Eshoo.

Of course, with advances like Dolby Volume which was created to deal with this and the move of consumers from traditional TV to streaming and download services, this bill seems to be too little too late.

The bill is now on the way to President Obama for final approval.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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