Stop HTML5 autoplay media in your browsers!

Discussion in 'The Geek's Lab' started by Overmind One, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. Overmind One

    Overmind One GateFans Gatemaster Staff Member

    Don't you hate it when you are surfing online, and then you go to a news page or online magazine, and you start hearing somebody talking or some lame music background for a commercial or clip playing by itself? You scroll frantically on the page to find the offending video playing and mute it, or you quickly mute your computer until you can find it, right? It's RUDE to autoplay videos, just like it's rude to pop up ads in your face, float them across the article you are trying to read. But it is particularly rude because you might be at work or in a private place where you do not want video ads to start playing by themselves in your web pages. And WHY do they turn the sound up so damned high???

    There is a solution for most of us, unless you are using the woefully crippled Edge, Internet Explorer or Safari browsers. It still amazes me that anyone would actually choose to use any form of Internet Explorer browsers, including Edge. Same with Safari, which is the IE of Mac IMO.

    The backstory here is that most of today’s browsers ship with the capability to natively block Adobe Flash-based videos. Unfortunately, many websites are now using HTML5 to display ads, videos, and other types of content that will play regardless of your Flash settings. Often they’ll start automatically when the page loads.

    Get this extension, straightforwardly named Disable HTML5 Autoplay. Once enabled the video will load but will not begin playing, giving you the option of watching it or not.

    The instructions from the previous article still hold true, so I’ll reiterate them here. Thankfully there are no plugins to install for Firefox, as you can easily disable autoplay of media right in the browser’s settings. Here’s how you do it:

    Firefox has built-in controls to prevent autoplaying videos.

    1. Type about:config into the URL bar, and confirm you’ll be careful by clicking the I’ll be careful, I promise button.

    2. Search for the string labeled media.autoplay and double-click it to flip its status to off.

    Opera and Chrome have an extension that prevents videos from playing automatically.

    With Opera it’s as simple as downloading the same Disable HTML5 Autoplay extension we used for Chrome. Download the extension and you’re good to go!

    Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and Safari
    Both Microsoft and Apple are woefully behind the times: Neither Edge, Internet Explorer, nor Safari are capable of preventing HTML5 videos from playing automatically. Something to consider if you find yourself using one of these browsers.
  2. Tripler

    Tripler Well Known GateFan

    Great tips Om1 ! . I only use Firefox and Chrome myself . My son loves Firefox so I will fix up his PC today to stop the HTML5 crap ...

    ;) ;) ;)
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