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New law calms loud television commercials

Original post made on Dec 14, 2012

A law authored by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, that turns down the volume on TV commercials went into effect Thursday.

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Posted by ZzzzzAhhh, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Dec 14, 2012 at 7:51 am

Now what's going to wake me up when I fall asleep on the couch? Just joking. I like this law. I'm going to report those noisy ads to the FCC.

Posted by Dox, a resident of Monta Loma
on Dec 14, 2012 at 7:51 am

It probably took this long because most of the people with influence (read:money) own TV sound systems that adjust the volume automatically.

Posted by Tina, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm

These are the laws we're fussing with instead of "fiscal cliff" issues. Nice. Remember when we had to get up off the couch to turn the channel or adjust the volume? Maybe if they passed a law outlawing remote controls, the nation would lose some weight, or watch less TV, then we wouldn't have to worry about slightly louder audio during commercials...

Posted by seriously?, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Dec 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

with DVR's, who watches commercials anyway???

Posted by vfree, a resident of Whisman Station
on Dec 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I guess political ads will be exempt.

Posted by Susan , a resident of Castro City
on Dec 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Thanks Ms Eschoo!! It's about time!!!

Posted by Kman, a resident of Monta Loma
on Dec 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Yes, thanks Anna, I can now sleep comfortably in front of the tv. Woo hoooo

PS, should of been done a long time ago.

Posted by Beegee, a resident of another community
on Dec 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

It would be great if we had a law to ration the amount of politcal ads
on tv, and the radio.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Dec 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

It's comforting to know that all the other, pressing issues have been handled, and now we can move on to the silly ones.

Posted by CopperC, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Dec 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Does this apply to cable too? Or just broadcast TV.