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Skip Ads Easily With a Standard Cable Remote Control

Posted by Drothism on Oct 15th, 2008

Many Motorola-made DVRs that cable-TV providers supply are unable to skip ads by jumping ahead 30 seconds. But you can remap the remote control to add this feature. I got it working with a Comcast remote, and it will likely work with your cable company’s remote, too.
Press the Cable button at the top of the [...]

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Why are TV commercials so LOUD?

Posted by Drothism on Sep 22nd, 2008

People are always asking/complaining to me about how loud commercials are compared to the TV program they are watching. Well here is a nice succinct explanation as to the cause of this annoying TV watching experience.
Compression. Advertisers use compression so that everything in a commercial is about at the same (loud) audio level, close to the maximum allowable [...]