CBC Web Broadcasts – Why are the commercials so LOUD???

I decided to, what we would say in the good ol’ days, ‘tune in’ to CBC’s web cast (actually, it looked like a rebroadcast of NASA’s feed, but anyway) of Chris Hadfield’s departure from the International Space Station (ISS). As you can tell from my previous post Cmdr. Hadfield’s Twitter feeds and YouTube videos have been, simply, AWESOME!. So when I decided to catch the broadcast my ear’s were practically blasted off due to the loud commercials at the start of the broadcast! I have also noticed that the same thing happened when listening to archived shows. In some of the archived shows it was worse – and I didn’t think that that was possible: some commercials are lower than the main program and others much, much louder! ARRGGGG!

The CRTC mandated around mid-2012 that:

Effective September 1, 2012, Canadian broadcasters and television service providers (e.g., cable, satellite, and IPTV providers) must follow international standards[1] for measuring and controlling digital television signals, and must ensure that TV commercials are broadcast at a similar volume to programs.

This doesn’t apply to Internet broadcasts (other than IPTV) but it should! Anyway, this annoyed me enough that I’ve registered my annoyance with CBC. Here is the complaint I sent by web form to them on 2013 May 13:

Folks – We know that the CRTC has mandated that the volume levels of commercials must be lowered (http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/g3.htm) to follow international standards. While Internet broadcasts are not included in the CRTC ruling why have you very obviously set commercial levels much greater than program contenct on the Web? I have noticed this on both live broadcasts (e.g. Farewell and hatch closing LIVE – http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/ID/2129383292/ on 2013 May 13) but also archived shows such as the fifth estate, Market Place, etc.

This is extremely annoying and distracting.


Let’s see what response I get, if any!

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See http://lnkd.in/nhTRZe I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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