Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) wants some answers from the FCC about enforcement of her CALM Act legislation that regulates the volume of TV commercials. In a letter to acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, Eshoo was looking for satisfaction she suggested she did not get from the former Republican FCC.
Nugen Audio will be displaying its latest updates to its Loudness Toolkit and Halo Downmix, enabling its customers to more easily provide Netflix-ready content, at next week’s NAB Show (booth SL8330). These plug-ins are designed for content creators working on audio that is being delivered to Netflix, as well as those working on audio for any other […]
The new FCC rules aimed at quieting loud commercials and promos take a light approach to compliance and enforcement, industry experts say. For finding trouble, the FCC will rely of complaints from viewers and will take action only if it finds “a pattern or trend.” The rules don’t require broadcasters to continuously monitor syndicated and network programming for compliance. However, “large” broadcasters will have to perform annual spot checks of imported programming if it hasn’t been certified to be in compliance.
As the FCC gets closer to unveiling the technical specifications that TV stations will have to meet under the CALM Act to eliminate dramatic shifts in volume between programs and commercials, equipment vendors are readying the needed monitoring, control and verification gear. Here’s an overview of some of what’s available now.
While stations are preparing to order and install new equipment designed to eliminate dramatic shifts in volume between programs and commercials, they’re in a sort of limbo since the FCC hasn’t announced exactly what it will require stations, cable and satellite operators to do. But in advance of the commission’s Dec. 15 deadline to issue the regulations for the CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation) Act, equipment manufacturers are busy and some station owners are moving forward to tackle the problems. In Part II next Thursday, TVNewsCheck checks in with some of the leading vendors of loudness monitoring and control solutions.