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Topic # 245399 1-Feb-2019 20:21
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With AI and current technology, it shouldn't be too hard to come up with a device that can sample shouty commercials and automatically mute them whenever they come on. The device could continuously record on a 10-second or so loop and whenever you hit the kill button it would save the current bit and look for matches with any future audio. When it finds one, it mutes it until the sound drops back to a more normal level. Anyone who likes this idea is welcome to borrow it.

 

 





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  Reply # 2171508 1-Feb-2019 21:01
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Generally a manually triggered 4 minute timed mute does it for me.... there are some exceptions to that period.

 

 





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  Reply # 2171522 1-Feb-2019 21:27
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Quite a cool idea - however in many countries, including NZ AFAIAA, it is illegal to use louder audio (or a compression algorithm that produces audio that is perceived as louder) in TV commercials. If those rules are being observed your proposed gadget may not be able to detect something regarded as shouty.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2171525 1-Feb-2019 21:32
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Rikkitic:

 

With AI and current technology, it shouldn't be too hard to come up with a device that can sample shouty commercials and automatically mute them whenever they come on. The device could continuously record on a 10-second or so loop and whenever you hit the kill button it would save the current bit and look for matches with any future audio. When it finds one, it mutes it until the sound drops back to a more normal level. Anyone who likes this idea is welcome to borrow it.

 

 

 

 

 I like it - you could even train it to recognise the voiceprint of that guy who does all the annoying TV-only sales commercials (fish harvester, treadmill, etc)




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  Reply # 2171526 1-Feb-2019 21:35
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eracode: Quite a cool idea - however in many countries, including NZ AFAIAA, it is illegal to use louder audio (or a compression algorithm that produces audio that is perceived as louder) in TV commercials. If those rules are being observed your proposed gadget may not be able to detect something regarded as shouty.

 

Not based on volume, but matching a sample. It can then look for volume change as a trigger to unmute, but that could also be a simple timing thing.

 

 





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  Reply # 2171533 1-Feb-2019 21:51
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Rikkitic:

eracode: Quite a cool idea - however in many countries, including NZ AFAIAA, it is illegal to use louder audio (or a compression algorithm that produces audio that is perceived as louder) in TV commercials. If those rules are being observed your proposed gadget may not be able to detect something regarded as shouty.


Not based on volume, but matching a sample. It can then look for volume change as a trigger to unmute, but that could also be a simple timing thing.


 



Ah - right.

Why don’t you pitch the idea to DishTV - then watch them release something half-baked :)

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  Reply # 2171698 2-Feb-2019 09:48
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eracode:

Why don’t you pitch the idea to DishTV - then watch them release something half-baked :)

 

Quarter would be my bet.

 

There is some good commercial skipping stuff around for roll your own DVRs, so the work is kinda already in place. However I suspect that the broadcasters have their customers interests at heart and would prevent it on any freeview approved device like they dont allow for the 30 second skips and other useful things for viewers trying to avoid the customers intrusions into their entertainment.

 

 





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  Reply # 2171845 2-Feb-2019 15:12
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^^ Yes, with one of those My Sky(?) boxes, you can time-shift programmes (pause viewing, etc) so that you can actually fast forward the ads in almost real time, depending on how long you've paused the show for.


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