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CALM Loud Commercial Act Passes House  Print E-mail
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Written by Dick Ward   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009

It’s been a year and a half since the CALM act was first introduced by California’s Anna Eshoo.  While it still has the Senate to get through, the fact that the bill made it through the House of Representatives is a good sign of things to come.

The jump in audio when going from a television show to a commercial can be unpleasant at best and jarring at worst.  Commercials are an accepted annoyance that comes with the price of entertainment, but the sometimes shocking change in volume between the two sources has been a cause of much frustration.

What the CALM act sets out to do is to even out the changes in loudness that are common between TV programs and commercials.  While there are already self enforced regulations in place regarding maximum volumes for commercials, there’s nothing that guarantees those commercials won’t be mixed higher than the program being watched.

“This problem has existed for more than 50 years, but no one has properly addressed it,” says Eshoo “the CALM Act is an easy fix for a tremendous nuisance.”  She also states that this is one of the rare times that something has been so unanimously supported by citizens.







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