When Daystar Television needed to ensure compliance with the CALM Act, they considered a number of options. Following an extensive search, Daystar found a product that not only resolved any CALM Act compliance concerns, but also provided consistent audio levels across the board, resulting in a better experience for viewers.
The CALM Act, or Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, for those unfamiliar, is an act passed by Congress in 2010 requiring the FCC to prohibit the audio of TV commercials from being broadcast at louder volumes than the accompanying TV program. This is achieved through a requirement that all multichannel video distributors implement guidelines set out by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), known as “Techniques for Establishing and Maintaining Audio Loudness for Digital Television.” Following a one-year grace period, the FCC began enforcing the CALM Act in December 2012.
CALM Act Compliance and Beyond
Henry Turner, Director of Engineering at Daystar, a Christian broadcast TV network headquartered near Dallas, Texas, says in the end, the choice was clear: the Linear Acoustic® AERO.1000™.
“We tried several products from different manufacturers… After some deliberation, we decided on the AERO.1000,” says Henry. And it was more than just easing concerns regarding television loudness control… it was Linear Acoustic’s revolutionary approach to balancing channel density, control, and quality. The control tools along with extensive I/O made the AERO.1000 the best investment.
In Henry’s words, “It’s the whole package. Once you set it up, you can almost forget about it.” That’s high praise from an engineer with plenty of things to tend to – including a recent HD upgrade. As you might imagine, managing broadcast operations for a global broadcast, cable and satellite TV network presents a variety of challenges on a routine basis. One thing that makes life a little less challenging is straightforward installation and ease of operation. “It goes into a rack, and setup and installation were very easy.”
So easy in fact, Daystar now has three AERO.1000’s in their racks!