When you watch your favorite television programs, are you tired of reaching for the remote to adjust the volume during commercial breaks? Do some commercials seem significantly louder than others and the program you’re watching?
On Thursday, December 13, the FCC’s Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act will go into effect. This Act will require TV stations, cable operators, satellite TV providers and other pay TV providers to limit a commercial’s average volume to the same average volume as the programming it accompanies. Though a commercial may vary somewhat in volume, overall it will no longer be louder than surrounding programming.
Though the “CALM Act” was passed in the House and Senate more than a year ago, providers were given a grace period to update their equipment. Once the rules are in effect, if a commercial is not abiding by the new Act, you can file a complaint with the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC.