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From: "Steve Andrew"
References: <3DF4AFB3.4D786BDE@niobiumfive.co.uk> <75lJ9.1357$tQ1.firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Detection of television commercials
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Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 21:18:12 GMT
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Organization: BigPond Internet Services (http://www.bigpond.net.au)
PCS Electronics wrote:
>>> So it is actually true they turn the volume up on adverts and it is
>>> not as if my hearing has changed. When exactly did they start
>>> turning up the volume because I am sure they did not do it 10 years
>>> ago ?
>> I can remember maybe 20 years ago someone coming up with a black box
>> for muting commercials based on this principle, so it's not a recent
> Was it in Sagan's "Contact"? There was a millionaire who allegedly
> got rich by making this black box to remove tv ads?
Yep - The device was called "Adnix"
> Another idea: Isn't there a special signal, sent by TV transmitter,
> that tells the VCR when to stop recording (is it called VPS?) so that
> all you record is just the show/movie and not the ads? There was some
> contraversy when this was introduced, some feared people would use it
> to avoid ads and consequently TV houses would remove the signal. I
> don't know what was the outcome.
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