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Stop / Disable autoplay videos

Post by jfjm » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:59 pm

Two of the sites that I visit frequently are cnn.com and cnet.com both have HTML5 (not Flash) videos that autoplay. This is very disruptive with the audio blasting. Currently I unable to find a way prevent that, so I resorted to a brute method of blocking ALL videos on these sites:
cnn.com:

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registry.api.cnn.io/assets/fave/theoplayer
cnnfn.com or money.cnn.com:
I use uBlock Origin's built in function of block large media (I set it to 500K to mostly filter out video instead of images).

cnet.com

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akamaihd.net/*.ts$domain=cnet.com
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akamaihd.net/*.m3u8$domain=cnet.com
The former just blocks the actual video file, the latter blocks the video playlist, but I found if I block the latter, the site will retry to retrieve it indefinitely.

Is there a more elegant way to block all HTML5 video from autoplay using rules (instead of blocking all video on these sites)? I use Chrome, and I have tried all the possible setting (flags), but on PC, I continue to encounter video autoplay (with sound!).

If not, is there a list I can subscribe to that specifically deal with blocking of video autoplay, even at the cost of breaking video playback on those site?
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Post by smed79 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:00 am

Hi,

here's a post with instructions to disabe auto-playing videos in your browser https://www.ghacks.net/2016/05/06/how-t ... ng-videos/

For mobile device see https://www.groovypost.com/howto/disabl ... save-data/

Addon/extension

Firefox
- https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/flashstopper/ (FlashStopper)

Chrome
- https://chrome.google.com/webstore/deta ... fpkknnebdh (AutoplayStopper)
- https://chrome.google.com/webstore/deta ... ckimkipmoe (Flashcontrol)
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Post by jfjm » Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:30 am

With the newer HTML5 players, it dynamically load the content via Javascript, addon/extension does not work against them.

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Post by smed79 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:32 am

I use the mentioned extensions above and they works for me.
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Post by jfjm » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:52 am

Firefox actually has built-in capability to disable HTML5 video from autoplay. Do you know of any working solution for Chrome?

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Post by -Mark- » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:04 pm

No working solution, but Chromium Devs have implemented a Unified Autoplay Policy - https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/is ... ?id=715049

Keep track of that bug for more information.

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Post by -Mark- » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:04 am

Chrome 61 users can feel free to test the feature - chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy

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