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Congress Proposing Bill That Keeps Commercial Volumes Low

Good News: Watching Live TV Will Soon Get a Little Quieter

I'm addicted to skipping through commercials via TiVo, but when I do watch live television, my eardrums get a major blast whenever ads come on. At first I thought it was just me, then I noticed the lack of volume control while at a friend's house watching a Sex and the City marathon. What gives?

Apparently advertisers think that screaming at us about their products will make us want to buy, buy, buy. But all it ever really makes me want to do is mute, mute, mute. Thankfully, us apartment dwellers who can't handle a lot of neighbor TV noise at one in the morning have the government on our side — a new bill is making its way through congress that requires broadcasters and operators to normalize the volume of commercials on TV.

I guess doctors have known for years that excessive TV volume can damage your hearing, so soon, your ears will be saved from early retirement due to insane TV volume. What about you — do you notice the change in volume when commercials come on?

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hokiepokie hokiepokie 7 years
For some reason, I thought they had passed legislation on this years ago and I wondered why it was never enforced. Guess this would explain it haha
lovelipgloss lovelipgloss 7 years
Anyone else feel like the commercials on Fox are especially bad?
mbkosel mbkosel 7 years
Hell Yes! I can't stand watching live tv any more because my ears cant take another commercial screaming at me!
isahrangme isahrangme 7 years
OMG THIS IS WONDERFUL NEWS!!! i never thought it was JUST me... but i never really gave much thought to it, except "why the f--- are commercials so loud" as i decreased the volume i actually don't mind commercials. some are really funny and cute. but i hate the loud volume! i don't want to wake up the rest of my house!
falnfenix falnfenix 7 years
we watch TV through Hulu.com, which normalizes commercial volume for us...thankfully. back when i had cable, though? i'd immediately hit the mute button.
Nomadik-Kitty Nomadik-Kitty 7 years
How can you not notice the change in volume. This is great news.
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