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Lately it seems producers are adding so much background music its almost impossible to hear what is being said. IT'S TOO LOUD!!! I got so frustrated last night watching undercover boss that I turned it off. I'm sure the advertisers are happy to know that I for one didn't see their commercials. It used to be mostly on documentaries or BRitish tv shows but now it poping up everwhere. Why all the noise polution, can't we just hear what people are saying

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    ReneeAgain Oct 07, 2021

    Law & Order Special Victims Unit music made it impossible to hear the dialog.

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    Jan Wuenker Everett Oct 04, 2021
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    The background music is so loud on New Amsterdam that it drowns out the dialog. I love the show and I hope the producers see all these comments. (I have good hearing and it’s not my TV). Thank you.

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    [email protected] Jan 12, 2022
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    @Jan Wuenker Everett What is the purpose of the drum playing in New Amsterdam? It is so distracting. I am at the point of not watching the show any longer. Does anyone know who I would write to at NBC to beg them to remove the stupid drums. Of all the shows on television, this is the most annoying background music. I have been watching this show since day 1 but I can't take it any more. STOP WITH THE STUPID DRUMS.

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    Caroljean Medling Sowell Oct 01, 2021
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    My husband and I are ready to STOP watching some of our favorite shows on TV because of ALL the LOUD background music when actors are talking!!! We can't hear or understand what they are saying over the damn music!!! What's the point?! It's VERY irritating and NERVE RACKING!!! There was NO background music when people were speaking their parts in the past. STOP WITH THE BACKGROUND MUSIC!!!

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    Sheila K Wright Sep 08, 2021
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    The LOUD music on Chicago Fire is really to loud! You can't hear the actors over the music back ground noise if that is what you call music.

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    Phil Ward Jul 10, 2021

    What qualifications do these loud music muppets have, its ludicrous to have music blaring away when you are trying to listen to a commentator. Why does a nature have to have some demonic [censored] thumping away on a xylophone before they switch to five bars of random guitar strumming and then onto how many time they can hit middle C on a piano in twenty seconds . All I want is the clear commentary with perhaps some natural sound such as the birdsong of the species being featured, wind in grasses around the silent little fieldmouse, gently lapping waves as we watch otters, NOT a 100 decibels of percussion that have absolutely nothing to do with the subject. Television is supposed to be a medium of information as well as entertainment. If I go to a lecture from a professor, I will sit in the lecture hall in silence with 500 other people and there will not a a single note of music - we are there to listen to the speaker. So why if that same speaker is on TV does he require the backing of a bunch of half-witted musicians having what appears to be a fun 'jamming' session ? TURN IT DOWN!! or better still, OFF

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    James Chisholm Jul 03, 2021
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    I totally agree with all of the above. I love history and documentaries, but had to give up several because background music has become the storyline, it seems. I simply turn them off rather than struggle to hear. So many have I turned off during last several years I have missed out on lots of good stories.

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    Caroljean Medling Sowell Oct 01, 2021
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    @James Chisholm My husband and I ready to give up some of our favorite programs because of the LOUD background music where you can't even HEAR what the actors are saying!!!

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    Reneka Slykhuis Ferreri Jun 08, 2021
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    Turn off the background noise on New Amsterdam or I will stop watching. It interferes with the dialog, can’t stand it.

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    JLwt Oct 01, 2021
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    @Reneka Slykhuis Ferreri Omg! The drums…I can’t even deal any more!

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    Caroljean Medling Sowell Oct 01, 2021
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    @Reneka Slykhuis Ferreri New Amsterdam is one of our favorites, but we're ready to give them up along with many others because of the LOUD damn background music!!!

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    Lawrence Whittle Jun 06, 2021

    I agree with all that others have said. You can't hear what the actors on television are saying on so many programs, including the soaps.do the television get paid for putting musicians music on. I can't see why you have music on some. a low volume music is okay to create an atmosphere, NOT the volume that's being done now.
    because I was in the forces, I am tone deaf in my right ear, through firing rifles etc. so I hear the music more than the speech. As someone else said you have to turn the program off at times, because you can't hear the dialogue.

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    Lawrence Whittle Jun 06, 2021

    I agree with all that others have said. You can't hear what the actors on television are saying on so many programs, including the soaps.do the television get paid for putting musicians music on. I can't see why you have music on some. a low volume music is okay to create an atmosphere, NOT the volume that's being done now.
    because I was in the forces, I am tone deaf in my right ear, through firing rifles etc. so I hear the music more than the speech. As someone else said you have to turn the program off at times, because you can't hear the dialogue.

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    Mad TV Watcher May 22, 2021
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    I agree with everyone who thinks the music on TV is too loud. I like to watch 24 hours in A & E but the music is so loud and distracting that you cannot hear the medical staff and nor can you concentrate on the programme because it is so annoying. Writing to the TV producers is a waste of time as they do not acknowledge the email complaint and they do not do anything to turn down the noise. Totally fed up with watching television because the background music kills my enjoyment of the programmes.

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    Mary Beth Smith May 16, 2021

    I agree with everyone about the loud background music being used in tv shows, movies and documentaries. It’s very upsetting because my husband and I can’t hear the actors words over the loud background. We have started watching old movies instead on TCM because it’s a relief to be able to follow a story. We started using closed captions to just catch the words but we don’t like it.
    There is nothing redeeming about loud music in this manner. I watched very scary people tonight and the music was through the entire story.
    Whoever decided this was a good idea should know we all mute our commercials because they are extra loud and don’t watch them. This does not help the companies trying to sell their products. Please contact the powers that be to stop this insanity. Every network should be involved to have the background music in the background and sometimes silent as it was intended to be. The largest population is the older generation and usually the most financially stable and therefore can spend more money on the companies they have advertising. We won’t if we never watch your ads and eventually will not watch your programs.
    Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

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    JM DAoust Apr 30, 2021
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    My wife and I are so tired of the extremely loud background noise on "New Amsterdam" that we're ready to stop watching it. It's an unpleasant, wasted and frustrating hour!!!

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    JM DAoust Apr 30, 2021
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    My wife and I are so fed up with the awfully loud background noise on "New Amsterdam" that we're ready to stop watching it. It's just an unpleasant, wasted and frustrating hour!!!

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    Claire Orville Plewes Feb 13, 2021
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    I live in Canada, but of course watch the programs that mostly come from the United States and the background music is far too loud and I feel it is time to tell the Program Managers of these programs to turn down the background music, I find it turns us off from listening to the program . My email address is "claireorville463 @gmail.com" Yours truly Claire Orville Plewes

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    noise hater Nov 25, 2020
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    If you live in the uk stop watching tv and cancel your lincense (save yourself some money) and go the pipedown website

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    Alice Lopez Apr 28, 2019

    Can't something be done about the loud background music on almost every TV program.Actually there is no need for any music to be played. But if it must be played can't it be turned down to very low. I can not hear what the actors are saying and I can't make out the story line. Please get something done about the loud music.
    Thank you.
    Mrs. Alice Lopez

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    arpo Jan 31, 2019
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    Regardless of the many complaints, all tv programs are ruined by background and foreground music - so much that it is often impossible to understand the dialogue. Over 3 million Australians suffer from deafness and most of it is caused by and/or exacerbated by this unnecessary noise. It is safer to watch with all sound muted than risk making your hearing worse trying to hear dialogue through stupidly loud dubbed on music. People are being paid to cause deafness so beware: children in the future will be born deaf because of it. Do something now: Get together a class action and sue the perpetrators for a few trillion dollars before it is too late.

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    Rod Webb Dec 17, 2018
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    background music is getting louder, on just about every program, watching project runway at the moment with the sound turned down. Wish the tv station controllers would listen to all the complaints,
    Rod

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    Joan Markunas Dec 13, 2018
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    I AGREE WITH EVERYONE. I LOVED TO WATCH THE LIFETIME MOVIES AND THE HALLMARK MOVIES, ESPECIALLY THE CHRISTMAS ONES. WHEN YOU CAN'T HEAR WHAT THEY ARE SAYING AT CRUCIAL POINTS IN THE MOVIE IT GETS VERY FRUSTRATING. I STOPPED WATCHING ALL OF THEM AS IT'S A WASTE OF MY TIME. I RECENTLY STARTED WATCHING THE NEW SHOW "DIRTY JOHN" ON BRAVO. I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT CONNIE BRITTON NEEDS TO FIND HER VOICE OR THEY NEED TO REPLACE HER WITH SOMEONE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND. SHE SPEAKS TO EVERYONE IN SUCH HUSHED TONES, LIKE SHE IS WHISPERING, AND YOU CAN'T HEAR A WORD. I COMPLETELY MISSED OUT ON WHAT THE HECK THE STORY IS ABOUT. WATCHED 2 MORE WEEKS OF IT, AND I QUIT. PLEASE SOMEONE TELL HER TO SPEAK UP, WORST ACTING I HAVE EVER SEEN. SHE ACTS LIKE SHE IS DOPED UP, NO EMOTION. AND PLEASE TELL WHOMEVER TO GET RID OF ALL THE LOUD MUSIC THEY PLAY ON MOST OF THESE SHOWS, LIKE LIFETIME AND HALLMARK MOVIES.

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    meand you Dec 03, 2018

    Can't enjoy tv as music is louder than the dialog.

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    dawgtawk wellington Oct 31, 2018
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    It's driving me nuts! Almost no TV Show, Film or Documentary without annoying, sickening and hate sparking constantly nerving background music any more.
    Since 10 years and evermore increasing year by year.
    Sometimes it makes me so crazy that I get visions of destruction like killing those [censored]s in charge by stabbing knives in their stupid heads. You know the ones with total anger and rage. That's the time when I have to turn off the Set.
    Really, in the meantime my consumption of television has come down to maybe 3-5 hours a week because I can't stand it any more. Good shows, some even exceptional are being completely ruined through the permanent pollution with for the show and the ambience of the story absolutely useless ambient background music and effect noises. And then often so load you can't understand even a word being said by actors, off camera voices and narrators at all.
    Why do they even bother at all letting actors voice their characters? Why not go back to the good old days of silent filming and save the money for writers.
    Just let the actors jump around like stupid in front of the camera. One can't understand them anyway.

    At the time I'm downloading more and more shows from the 70s, 80s, 90s and beginning [protected]. W O W! Many of those have no music at all and when only sporadic and most of the time kind of quiet with exception of the title music that is being played at those former meant to be advertising breaks.
    What a difference and so much fun understanding everything!
    Personally my opinion is that modern days television can really go to hell!

    And those [censored] ups are permanently whining about how rates are constantly declining and old media are losing viewers, listeners, readers.
    Really? Those shmocks haven't found that out by now?

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    meand you Dec 03, 2018

    @dawgtawk wellington Joe Kenda is the worst. Can't hear what they are saying.

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    srgtslady Oct 25, 2018
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    The background noise on New Amsterdam show is horrid and you can't hear what is being said. This is not the only one during prime time every night. The 3 Chicago shows are the same. Please turn the noise way down so I can hear what is being said and as for Blue Bloods I think they drink that Scotch way to much. They seem to drink every chance they get-are any of them alcoholics yet??

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    Cracker39 Oct 01, 2018

    What is with this new trend of putting unnecessarily loud and obnoxious music or sound effects in TV shows and movies? So many of the TV shows that my wife and I like to watch are no longer enjoyable to watch because the voices are drowned out by sudden blaring music, drums or other sound effects. I have to keep one finger on the volume of the remote to turn the sound up for voices and down for the noise pollution. And it is not just a few networks; it has spread to the History, Discovery, Nat Geo and many other channels. We are abandoning several of our favorite shows because of the increasing difficulty of hearing the dialog. It is either that of just turn the sound off and the close captioning on. REALLY! Why do the producers think we need or want all that loud noise. Are the show content not enough? Why destroy it by overriding the dialog with noise. And we are only one of many folks with this complaint. You lose viewers and we lose what used to be good TV watching. PLEASE! STOP THE NOISE ALREADY.

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    srgtslady Oct 25, 2018
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    @Cracker39 I have the same problem and it is very annoying. The background noise on all the shows is to much but I see how many of us feel the same way but nothing is done so maybe we should just save out breath because they don't read or listen to us.

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    ElizabethElla Sep 09, 2018
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    Attention networks!!! Stop assaulting our hearing with the crazy loud background music and sound effects.

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    ElizabethElla Sep 09, 2018
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    Trying to watch 'Murder Chose Me' on ID ( Investigation Discovery) channel right now. The background music soars SO loud, at times, that I can't understand what the people are saying. My ears are now ringing. Very annoying that we can't enjoy or understand the people talking due to the background music soaring to deafening levels. This channel seems to be one of the worst for this happening in certain shows. My ears are seriously ringing from how loud it suddenly soars to. Why do they do this??

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    arpo Aug 05, 2018
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    These are all complaints of assault on people's hearing. Complaints won't stop the perpetrators.
    1 in 6 Australia have hearing complaints caused by such assaults!
    The only answer is a counter attack in the way of multi law suits. Sue them for millions/billions/trillions of dollars.
    LITIGATION IS THE ONLY ANSWER

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    arpo Jul 01, 2018
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    Want to be an instant billionaire? Invent a remote switch that cuts out completely all 'so-called' background and foreground music from ALL TV programs and adverts. It is completely unnecessary for a huge band to blanket the sounds of war in battle scenes and all the speech in other scenes. Being mostly house-bound I now have to have the volume turned right down and try and lip read everything on TV. I am old enough to remember the silent films with the only background music being muted and coming from a piano.

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    victor Unkow Jun 05, 2018
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    No one is listening, time to stop watching . You would think the advertisers get it that they are loosing business and TV and radio get it. I guess they so smart that they don't watch their own shows. I stopped .

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    bocker May 13, 2018

    I am fascinated by the show, Ancient aliens, but have not been able to watch them through, because of the dreadful
    irritating background swishing and loud banging drum noises and cymbals crashing when people are talking there is too much of it, very interesting shows ruined and destroyed by all the continuance of overbearing background sounds.

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    Donna Richards May 08, 2018
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    Stop the loud music on tv shows!! You can’t hear anything they say.

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    Misie44 Apr 28, 2018
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    I have just about given up on TV entertainment of any kind because of the background music, so loud you can't hear dialogue anyway. What makes the producers of television programs so ignorant of how annoying their loud drumming is when trying to listen to what the actors are saying. Television is not relaxing, just total frustration when trying to hear the dialogue you are blasted out by soundtracks. Don't get me started on advertisements. I use mute button immediately, so advertisers shooting themselves in the foot if they think anyone listens to ads. These people just don't get it.

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    Roger Burdock Mar 30, 2018
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    Why do we need backing 'music' in tv shows ?
    It is always boring monotonous and nothing to do with the program.
    Who decides what ...music... is played ?
    Masterchef...rubbish music boring, repetive need I say more !
    Don't get me started on games shows !

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    nancyipp Mar 04, 2018

    I noticed this thread began in 2012, 6 years ago. So, what good does it do?

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    3rdcav Nov 07, 2017

    I AM WATCHING THE PLANETS ON THE SCIENCE CHANNEL AND THE MUSIC IS SO LOUD THAT I CANT UNDERSTAND THE NARATION, PLEASE CUT THE CRAP OUT.

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    John osbourne Sep 10, 2017
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    We started to watch Dr Steven Greer`s latest video on Netflix called `Unacknowledged` we have waited a long time to view this documentary. When we watch anything whether a film or documentary we are people that like to listen to the story or facts. Unfortunately that was not to happen with`Unacknowledged`, from the very beginning we could not shake of the overriding music, your brain was trying to separate the dialogue from the music which after 15-minutes was to-much. My wife looked at me, we shook our heads and turned it off, I tried to complain to the producers but it seems as though no one is listening. Today`s TV and Film Producers must be a right bunch of imbeciles, they produce a good documentary film or TV show then they make it difficult for the public to hear what is being said . Its time for a big change.

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    [email protected] Aug 29, 2017

    I am finding the background music so distracting and I am unable to listen properly. Is there any way of broadcasting in a way where the viewer has an option of switching it off?

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    Lindahelen Apr 08, 2021

    @[email protected] I thought I was alone until I read all of these replies. I noticed it first on the cooking shows. It is everywhere now and so annoying that I will turn the tv off. Why won’t the stations listen to what people say?

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    DavidL64 Aug 08, 2017

    OMG I am watching investigative discovery and it's the most annoying thing in the world. Music is over lapping the commentary of the show. you can't even hear what the hell they are saying. REALLY ? I am paying for this ?

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    Beverly J. Wyer Jul 23, 2017
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    Please, please stop the background loud music.We can not hear the people talking. I haven't found one person that llikes it. It is very, very disturbing..I hope that as you get older you will wake up to the fact that you can not hear as well.
    Although many younger people can not hear the people talking either. It is absolutely so annoying. [email protected]

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    Talkwench May 04, 2017

    Why is it necessary to play heavy metal music in between dialogue on some programs. Switch over or mute is my response, it is horrendous.

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    Chris Sampson Apr 07, 2017
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    The background music just spoils every program, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE remove it, its not necessary whatsoever.
    Chris Sampson, Worthing

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