German TV broadcasters harmonise audio

Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 18-12-2011

Germany's public and commercial TV broadcaster have embarked on a programme to harmonise the audio level of their programmes.

The broadcasters plan to transmit with the unified loudness from the beginning of the IFA 2012 consumer electronics fair which will commence in Berlin on 31 August 2012. Through the measure, viewers will have to grab their remote control less often to counterbalance volume jumps. The different sound volumes between channels and between programmes and commercial blocks which have annoyed many viewers will then be a thing of the past.
In addition to free-to-air broadcasters, pay-TV operators will also join the initiative. TV broadcasters in neighbouring Austria and Switzerland also want to move to the unified sound level.