On Sat, 21 Apr 2007 23:33:08 -0500, "Steve Barker"
I did that for awhile, mute or even switching to music.
After awhile, I started noticing that switching the audio during
commercials requires WATCHING the commercials very carefully, with
your finger on the button for quick response (to keep from missing the
Now I mute the audio just during some of the worst commercials.
Definitely. The stations deny this and say it is because of the sort
of speech in the commercials, but I don't believe them. They say the
rapid fire, continuous talking is within the limits of whatever they
use for automatic volume control.
I can't use mute because I'm usually reading the paper or looking at
what I'm repairing so I don't know when the show starts again and I
Froggy, or whatever that company is, Leapfrog! used to sell something
to regulate volume. I think it only worked between a tuner and a
separte sound system, but it doesn't matter becaues I can't find one
for sale anyhow.
What I would like is like they have car seats that remember where they
go for 2 different people. I'd like a tv that was easy to set a low
valume and a high volume and easy to switch between the two. I
wishthey would work on that instead of high resolution, or whatever it
And even if this is true, they had vcrs that could tell when
commercials start and end. They should LOWER the volume when
commercials start, to make up for the techniques the commericial
makers use to make them louder.
I'm trying to fall asleep listening to the tv and the commercials wake
me up. Plus sometimes a Tada at the end or start of the movie
segment. I end up turning off the tv and trying to find something
decent on the radio.
yeah the program providers do it intentially:(
It doesnt matter to me:) I have all digital video recorders and skip
thru all the commercials, rarely watch them, hour show takes 45
minutes, and I can pause or rewind scenes of interest, like pretty
gals in swimsuits:)
EVERYONE should get a DVR, you cn start watching show whiles it
recording, something no VCR can ever do.
Oh, yeah? My old provider, whose head honchos are now in jail, was
Adelphia. One of their repair guys, long ago, rigged up a custom setup
that COULD record one station while watching another. Worked for
Thing of the past.,
The new crooks - Time Warner - won't let you do that unless you buy
one of their DVRs.
He is talking about the DVR cute trick, where if the phone rings just as
your show starts, or if you get home late, you can start watching the show
from the beginning, while the DVR is recording the end of it.
I'd like a DVR, but am too cheap to pay subscription fees for TIVO, or the
additional ransom to the satt company that already charges too damn much.
One of these days I'll set up one of the spare PCs to do it.
Oh, I get it. That rarely happens to me. If the phone rang, I would
let the machine get it. And if I got home late, I might just watch or
listen to something lese and watch the whole show later. But I do see
how that can be convenient.
Me too. It's not just the money. It's the notion that they come up
with new things to spend money on that I never spent money on before.
It's enough that there are computers and internet access.
And the subscription provides almost nothing I want. I don't want
I just want to record the show and play it later. I think that
follows logically from taking photos and buying records.
I did buy a digital camera today, at a community yard sale. New, 10
dollars. I can only imagine how little I got.
(Includes software CD and manual, and cord. Probably won't run on
win98, though. I should have looked. :) ) The only use I have for
this thing so far is to put ads on ebay, and there is only one thing I
have to sell, and I copied a jpg file from a similar ad. But it was
only 10 dollars, and on the surface looks as good as a 35 dollar model
I saw just this January at a hamfest, although I'm probably wrong
I guess you're talking just about music?
I get most of my news from the radio - NPR.
Occasionally a brief visit to one of the Pacifica stations -- mine is
KPFK -- not for their shrill far-far-far-Left politics, but for their
"exotic" world music.
However, even NPR throws soft-balls, and puts on many times
more anti-Israel,pro-Palestinian speakers than I can stomach.
What ever happened to fact checking, instead of just reading stuff on
What NPR does have is the occasional interesting news magazine
"article" about some cultural subject.
But for real news, one simply must go to the 'Net.
Or the few remaining read magazines, like the Atlantic and that grand
old muckraker, Mother Jones. Now THAT mag has cojones!
LOUDER THAN THE SHOWS is equally true at the movies.. The trailers
are hideously loud. There's no mute button, so I (sensitive hearing)
put in earplugs until the endless, endless trailers are over, and the
sound reverts to normal.
On Mon, 23 Apr 2007 12:55:48 -0700, aspasia wrote:
I don't know if this is just Maryland, or nationwide, or what, but the
announced time for movies to start will soon be when the movie starts,
and not when the trailers start.
One can't tell it from my posting habits here, but I feel a compulsion
to get to the movies at the listed time, even though I know I can
allow X minutes for trailers. I never even try to learn how long X
is. How long is it?
Of course, I would really prefer continuous showings, along with
travelogues, news, and cartoons. Sometimes when I was little they
would have a whole hour of cartoons before the movie.
On Mon, 23 Apr 2007 16:50:51 -0700, aspasia wrote:
The Loews theater chain has promised to put a disclaimer in future ads
letting viewers know the start time listed actually means the start of
A Chicago-area woman sued Loews Cineplex Theaters two years ago after
she saw "The Quiet American" at one of the chain's theaters. A state
appellate court dismissed the suit Friday, ruling that Loews has
solved the problem.
Miriam Fisch claimed that she was forced to sit through minutes of
commercials. CEO Executive Travis Reid promised the chain will show
only previews of coming attractions after the advertised start time.
Lawyer Mark Weinberg said Loews has only adopted a voluntary policy
that it could drop at any time.
"These things go on for 20, 25 minutes, with theaters just getting out
of control in exploiting a captive audience," Weinberg said. "In our
fast-paced society, time is precious and when somebody steals 25
minutes of your time, there's something wrong with that -- though the
courts don't seem interested in stopping it from happening."
An Illinois legislator responded to Loews pledge by dropping plans to
introduce a bill demanding honesty on movie start times.
I didn't find new news on this.
Wow. I'll probably learn to get there 15 minutes late just about the
time that they start starting at the listed time!
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