How to Stop Annoying Videos from Playing to Reduce Data
I have experimented with Java on and off, flash on and off, Popups on and off, AdBlocker Plus on and off, and UBlock on and off.
I like to read the Daily Mail (a UK Murdock publication). When I click on the link to view comments, I get annoying side videos in addition to the comments.
I can get rid of these videos by disabling Java. However, this also disables the comments from appearing.
Does anyone know a way to stop unwanted videos but still keep comments?Is there an extension that will just block videos?
AdBlock Plus can be replaced with UBlock Origin (but my experience has been AdBlock Plus is sightly more data friendly and performance/memory is not an issue on my machines).
Flash Control should not be confused with FlashBlock - as noted Flash Control controls both Flash and HTML5 media. Many FlashBlockers don't do both. The HTML5 support is not limited solely to autoplay but more importantly HTML5 media that can preload in full or in part without even playing. Many HTML5 auto play blockers don;t handle that hidden data usage caused by the preload only attribute.
User-Agent Switcher simply allows me to fake web sites into thinking I'm using a mobile device and many reputable sites will deliver a smaller footprint experience (actually the one you mention is one of them). I'll use it when pressed for data.
The Viasat Browser has some of these features built-in and worked fine for me also - I just personally found it less effective in taming my data usage and taming unruly java script is easier with YesScript which was only available for Firefox variants - my biggest concern on a Liberty 12 GB plan.
That is not the case for me.
I do use the Viasat browser.
I do get unwanted videos playing when I go to the Daily Mail and click on the comments of any article.
So per Bev, a poster to this site, I downloaded the extension called "Video Autoplay Blocker by Robert Sulkowski".
This stops the video from playing, but the popup video is still there blocking whatever is underneath it. I can live with that because at least I am not downloading unwanted data. Unless of course the video data is downloading in the background but is invisible to me.
In your url bar enter about:config
(proceed after the warning message)
search for permissions.default.image, set value to 2
search for media.autoplay.enabled set to false
to disable all media (non flash, flash is already disabled by default),
search for these and set to false. media.webm.enabled and media.windows-media-foundation.enabled.