Back on 7/29/08 when TV digital signals first began to be broadcasted I wrote both the local CBS station and the FCC about the varying volume levels in the broadcast. I was hoping that with the new digital technology the stations could better regulate their volume. The following is an excerpt of what I wrote the FCC.
â€¦ The second complaint is in volume levels. One would think with better technology and now going digital once could control the transmission volume levels better. Not only does the volume change between the various TV channels but even between various commercials and different shows on the same channels. Its not that the volume changes a little it changes significantly. If this it the new improved digital it needs to be fixedâ€¦
Reply from the station was to wait until they moved into their new broadcasting facilities and when they go 100% digital. Of course this did not resolve the problem. The reply from the FCC was just a couple of booklets explaining the digital transition and the need for a converter box. It as if the FCC never read my letter.
I am receiving the local broadcasts via the air waves (TV antenna) and have also noticed various differences from station to station as well. Lastly there are stations which broadcast the same information on several different channels and one channel who for months just broadcast its channel identification. With all the talk about going green it seems like a total waste of power to transmit redundant information. Chicago examples are 20-1 WYCC-HD & 20-2 WYCC-SD, 23-1, METV & 26-2 METV, 26-3 METOO & 48-1 METOO, and 44-1 WSNS-HD & 44-2 WSNS-DT. Then there is station 26-5 THIS that has been just broadcasting the same sign for at least 2 months. Can anyone explain the reasoning for this?