How to turn down the volume on TV ads

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How to turn down the volume on TV ads
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Volume reduction of TV ads can be accomplished via manual, remote or automatic methods. Broadcasters often state that TV commercials are no louder than the programs they interrupt; this is not the complete truth. TV ads can be no louder than the loudest portion of any given program. Most ads are recorded at the highest possible volume level; they do not feature the loud, conversational and soft volumes common to sitcoms, movies and televised sporting events.

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Things you need

  • TV Remote
  • TV volume reduction accessory

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    Walk to the television and look for the "volume down" button. This button is often indicated by a downward-pointing arrow. Press this button when a commercial interrupts programming.

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    Pick up your TV remote and press either the "mute" or "volume down" button when a commercial appears on your screen. This is a labour intensive form of volume control that is virtually foolproof.

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    Install a volume-reduction accessory to your television. These devices do not lower volume, but they regulate TV volume by identifying and preventing extreme changes in decibel level.

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    Contact your U.S. Senator and ask him to speed implementation of the "Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act." This act has been passed by both houses of Congress and prevents advertisers and broadcasters from airing commercials at extreme volume. The "CALM" legislation has not been implemented as of 2010.

Tips and warnings

  • You may avoid audio pollution from excessively loud TV commercials by turning off the set.

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