Television Q&A: Isn’t there a law to limit loud commercials?

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You have questions. I have some answers. Q: Isn’t there a law that commercials can’t be too loud? It isn’t like that when I watch TV. A: There are rules, although they aren’t as useful as you would think. Federal law includes the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act from a decade ago. FCC rules then apply the law’s standards to “TV stations, cable operators, satellite TV providers or other multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs).” However, the law “does not set an absolute cap on loudness. Rather, it requires commercials to have the same average volume as the program…

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