View Full Version : They're doing it again Wilmot

Windy Militant
31st May 2014, 21:41
It seems to be that time of year again, that irritating phenomena appears to be rearing its ugly head again. Yes the EXTREMELY LOUD ADVERT season seems to be on us again. The chief offenders at the moment seem to be Bert Bet, Bingo, Casino, Pay day loans and some obscure sporting event in Brazil whatever that is. What planet do these people come from? They seem hell bent on annoying us at every turn, if it's not cold calling at tea time its loud annoying adverts.
Pprune tube is just as bad, you decide to listen to a nice gentle Debussy piece and you get assailed by some shouty american high schoolers playing Rawk music.
My thoughts about the amount of money spent on advertising being inversely proportional to the quality of the item that they are trying to palm off on you are well known, but it really gets on my nose and up my tits!

Rant over till next year!

31st May 2014, 22:12
........but it really gets on my nose and up my tits!

???? Thinks ???? Shouldn't that be up my nose and on my tits ?

( Nothing queer about me, Carruthers )

Just sayin'

Agree with the rest of it tho'

31st May 2014, 22:32
Here, it's some nasty shouty little Australian sh1t pushing Oxy-Clean every chance he gets. I hate the little cucksocker. It'll be a cold day in Darwin before we buy any of his mutherfocking product.

And you wonder whether I'm as grumpy as my name suggests.



Worrals in the wilds
31st May 2014, 23:25
He's been annoying the crap out of us for years. I didn't know he'd exported himself; sorry about that. :uhoh:

1st Jun 2014, 06:55
On my previous TV it was possible, by delving into the menu, to find an obscure and deliberately misleadingly named function, (name escapes me), with an ON/OFF option. The blurb that went with it said that by selecting the OFF option it helped to prevent people of a nervous disposition, young children etc. from being frightened or disturbed by loud noises such as explosions, thunder storms etc. By selecting OFF it stopped the increase in volume when adverts come on, no mention, of course, as the advertisers want it left on. May be worth taking a quiet half hour to sit in front of the TV and work your way through the settings menu and sub menus. If the function is there it will, by default, be ON.

1st Jun 2014, 07:02

loud adverts annoy both myself and gf, especially as i need the tv up loud to be able to hear it !!!

So ads tend to be especially loud !

Windy Militant
1st Jun 2014, 08:18
Parabellum do you perchance mean the AVL function?
I do have the option to do that, but it doesn't seem to function as I would expect something like that to work. Instead of having an upper limit you can set the volume to, it has a pre-set level it reverts to. This level is too low to hear the dialogue on most programmes that involve characters speaking to each other so you have to keep reseting the volume after the adverts anyway! :ugh:

1st Jun 2014, 08:21
Not only the volume, but ad breaks have been increased to 5 min from the previous 3 without so much as a by your leave....

1st Jun 2014, 08:25

I just hit the mute button as soon as they come on.

Windy Militant
1st Jun 2014, 08:34
Yep I guess I'll have to do that or restrict my vewing to the BBC.
But I'll wait till the TT is over before doing that! ;)

Mr Optimistic
1st Jun 2014, 08:40
Who the hell is Wilmot?:confused:

Whoa! 1000 posts! Oh the ignorance.

Windy Militant
1st Jun 2014, 10:29
PC Wilmot was a character played by Tony Haygarth in the old comedy series Rosie.

There was a running gag involving a set of tight fitting under pants which led to Wilmot "adjusting the holster" where upon his colleague would announce
"You're doing it again Wilmot" to which he'd reply "rubbish"
It became a bit of a catch phrase amongst my mates at the time.

Mr Optimistic
1st Jun 2014, 10:39
Really ? OK must pay more attention and less time adjusting my holster.

1st Jun 2014, 14:06
Despise adverts. Brainwashing for morons.

Know where your mute button, speaker button, YouTube mute icon etc. etc. are located, ready for quick-draw activation. Quite an entertaining competition: you versus the advert before any sound is emitted.

The YouTube mute icon is especially good sport. Select YouTube video, select the mute icon to mute as soon as the video appears, hit 'Skip Advert' as soon as allowed (or wait for the alternative long adverts to end) and select the mute icon to unmute before the video sound starts. Staring at the muted advert spoils the fun and might get the advert message across, the danger being that you then buy the product. You learn to identify when an advert ending from the progress bar or screen activity out of the corner of your eye.

Alternatively, watch the adverts and resolve to never buy the product.

Such is my intense hatred of adverts.

1st Jun 2014, 18:52
What are adverts? :confused:

One hugely enjoys Have I got News for You, Top Gear and Countryfile on the television and Radio 4 at just about anytime.



1st Jun 2014, 23:00
Doesn't sound like the function I had Windy. With the volume set to my 'normal' it simply didn't allow an uncommanded increase, everything carried on as normal. Needed to be checked every so often as for the slightest excuse, (power cut with TV on), it would revert to the fault setting.

2nd Jun 2014, 08:59
Like many of you I suspect, I have taken to recording any programmes on a commercial channel on my digi box, so I can whizz through the ads at 32x speed and pick up the programme when they are over. A similar affect can be achieved by freezing the screen at say 8pm, going away and doing something else, and coming back at around 8.25 and re-starting it. That will take care of the ad breaks, as well as making you realise just how much time they consume.

Mind you Mrs TTN makes me stop so we can watch the dog doing the riverdance. I've told her it's not really doing it, but she won't have it!

2nd Jun 2014, 09:28
It is all about sound 'compression'. Simply 'Compression is the process of lessening the dynamic range between the loudest and quietest parts of an audio signal. This is done by boosting the quieter signals and attenuating the louder signals.' There are several effects the most noticeable is an increase in heard volume!

Quite difficult to explain in detail but if you go to this (http://music.tutsplus.com/tutorials/the-beginners-guide-to-compression--audio-953) link and scroll down to the samples then listen to the first and last you will notice the volume appears to increase in the last one but you have not touched your volume control.

There was talk I saw a while back where the amount of compression was going to be limited but quite how you legislate and enforce such rules I have no idea.

Windy Militant
2nd Jun 2014, 17:46
It is all about sound 'compression'. I've heard them say that, but then again I've seen pprune tube clips with Db meters next to the TV and there is a definite increase on the meter come advert time. I suppose I could borrow one from work and try it myself, if I wasn't such an idle sod! :}

2nd Jun 2014, 21:18
Correct! Caused by the sound track being compressed.

4th Jun 2014, 02:44
My old TV was bought in 2001 so I'm wondering if 'compression' would have been used then? Can't find anything similar in the menu of the new set.

4th Jun 2014, 22:08
It is not the TV set it is the sound signal being broadcast. If you compress the signal it will be louder when heard compared to an uncompressed signal.

It is a difficult concept for most people to understand but a Google search will explain all to those interested!