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How to stop HTML5 auto play?


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This probably applies to Safari/IOS also, but there isnít a generic browser forum.

Anybody bothered by auto playing HTML5 videos that are increasing in number by the day? Nothing like surfing in a quiet coffee shop and and suddenly having to frantically page though a dozen tabs to find the ad or talking heads that are blabbing away.

Turning the sound off fixes the audio problem, but unless you are on a genuine hi-speed broadband link (scarce in rural areas) you can find yourself wondering why the ĎNet is so slow this morning, then you find a hires, five minute video ad playing in the background. And of course, you give up the pings and dings that tell you of mail, or messages.

Another fix is to use an off-brand browser like Sunrise that doesnít (yet) have HTML5 capability, but that is just a stopgap.

Now the question, has anybody found a way to block them in Safari? I have just started my search and I was surprised to find nothing available. More research finds that the HTML5 spec is imbedded in the HTML stream and isnít a plugin like flash that can be blocked. Plus it is impervious to something like No-Script - it isnít javascript.

Supposedly, Firefox has an Autoplay flag that can be set to false, but so far I havenít made that work.

As advertisers realize that they can throw this in any surferís face on common, it is just going to get worse. Hopefully, as people get really ticked, the browsers will eventually have a blocker switch, but that will take time and a lot of complaints before Madison Avenue allows them to be stopped by the user.
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Anybody bothered by auto playing HTML5 videos that are increasing in number by the day? Nothing like surfing in a quiet coffee shop and and suddenly having to frantically page though a dozen tabs to find the ad or talking heads that are blabbing away.
Yes...VERY irritating! Especially if these are the videos that I'm thinking of...that have no controls (stop, pause, etc.)!!!

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You'd have to find something that looks for <video> tags and replaces them with something else.

The tricky part here is that developers determine whether or not the video plays. The autoplay attribute here is what's causing your issue. Chrome has an autoplay blocker (here) as does Firefox (here) if you use one of those as well.

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Yes. I found that before I posted, and installed it, but so far I have not been able to make it stop anything and certainly not HTML5 videos. And googling shows that I am not the only one.
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