German TV broadcasters unify audio level

Jörn Krieger | 27-08-2012

Germany's public and commercial TV broadcasters will transmit their programmes at harmonised audio level from 31 August 2012. The sound volume differences between channels and between programme content and commercials will then be considerably reduced.

With the move, which is based on a recommendation by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the broadcasters react on the differently perceived loudness levels between programmes, commercials and trailers which make many viewers angrily grab their remote control for adjustment.

The sound dynamics deliberately employed within programme content or a commercial will, however, not be affected, so that sections with different sound levels will continue to exist.

The move, on which both free-to-air and pay-TV broadcasters agreed, became known in December 2011.