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November 12, 2007


Vic Rattler

"I can see his eyes, I have to do someting to his eyes." - Dwight Shrute

Johnny Socko

I'm sure the technology involved was different, but Maganavox (later Philips) televisions had a feature called "SmartSound", which essentially did the same thing: The volume was capped at whatever level you had it set to at the time, so commercials wouldn't deafen you.

Ironically, my Philips CRT TV from 7 years ago had this, but my current, ultra-high-tech LCD TV does not.

Tiffiny Whitney

I completely agree. The Office sure is funny.

Nah...actually, yeah, I agree about the volume disparity between shows and commercials. We're constantly adjusting the volume in our house to compensate. It'll be nice to have something like this come out.



I'm glad someone is addressing this. Its clever marketing to make the obnoxious ads SUPERLOUD. Its ridiculous.

However, what I do is just DVR (or Tivo, if you're not w/ a certain cable company who has a monopoly on my neighborhood networks) and fast forward through the commercials.


It is long overdue. I love falling asleep to a movie or music, but I cannot sleep with regular TV on because every 15 minutes or so I have to hear some guy yelling about mattresses. Maybe now I can snooze to cable.


I totally agree! It's about time that someone addressed this issue. It's pretty damn annoying when the commercials are 10 times louder than the television show.


Thank you Bean for bringing this to our attention. Lazy days on the couch were always interrupted by having to adjust the volume on commercial. This is wonderful news.


That's one of my few complaints about iTunes and my iPod. CDs are mastered at differnet volumes, and you'll be comfortably listening when all of a sudden, the next song either blasts you away or is so faint, you can't get the volume up high enough.


Yet another reason I finally need to break down and buy that 42 inch, hi-def, flat screen tv . . .


Hey Bean, so good to have you back. Has anyone else noticed that ABC has been running it's programs one to seven minutes over the time slot making it more difficult to tivo other shows on other stations that come on in the following hour? Almost all of their evening programs are set up this way, they've got to know exactly what their doing.

A company called TVSR has had this for well more than 10 years. The company president who purchased the technology from the inventor (a French man) was trying to sue all the big television manufacturers to allow the technology.

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