How to Stop Annoying Videos from Playing to Reduce Data

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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?

Thanks.
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MEM

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Posted 6 months ago

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wm4bama, Champion

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I use FlashBlock Plus and Disable HTML5 autoplay, two add-on extensions for Chrome and Slimjet..
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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That's going to be most news pages these days unfortunately. Super-annoying .I'd recommend the suggestion by wm4bama
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MEM

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wm4bama,
Thanks. I downloaded FlashBlock Plus just now. It is version 0.1.5.
I cannot find the setting to disable HTML5. How do I get to this setting?
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wm4bama, Champion

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When you install an extension/add-on to your browser you should see the icons for them in the top-right corner of your browser...right-click the icon and you will see the pop-up menu that allows you to disable or enable it.

Disable HTML5 is also a browser add-on and when you install it you'll see an icon for it also..

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/disable-html5-autoplay/efdhoaajjjgckpbkoglidkeendpkolai?hl...
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For Chrome Video Autoplay Blocker by Robert Sulkowski blocks HTML5 video. This works for the Chrome and Viasat Browsers.
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Actually, HTML5 video autoplay is blocked by default by the Viasat Browser.  No need to download an extension.
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Old Labs (VS1-329-L12FZ)

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I personally now use the Waterfox browser (a Firefox variant without many of the Quantum headaches Firefox introduced)  having found it to be the most data friendly with the following Add-Ons (click to enlarge):

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.

YesScript is simply a per site JavaScript blacklist - I'll use it to tame unruly web sites that abuse java script. At the same time, HTML5 media control add-ons/features sometimes don't catch those that abuse HTML5 media from JavaScript. This allows me to stop those as you noted for Daily Mail.

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.       

 
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I am trying to get up to speed with the acronyms used in this forum.
Old Labs, what does YMMV mean?
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Your Mileage May Vary..☺ 
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MEM

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Thanks. I never heard of that before now.
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MEM

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Thanks, Old Labs.
I researched the Waterfox browser on Google.
The articles that I saw stated that Waterfox has security issues that Firefox does not have. These articles recommended that people stay away from Waterfox.
So how are you dealing with these supposed security issues.
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Sorry missed this on the 1st go round but since it's risen from the dead... those same articles say the same thing about any browser that is based on a common open source project. I find Waterfox may be even more secure -  it drops a lot of the Firefox features that are risky although many  are simply annoying. The caveat might apply to the Viasat Browser also - it's based on the Chromium project and I would imagine there's a delay in getting security fixes there too. Depends on how/when the Viasat team incorporates fixes to the the Chromium base into their browser.  

Trade-offs when choosing... for me it was simply the best overall data usage scenario when comparing my usage patterns using both Waterfox and the Viasat Browser.
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MEM

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Thank you Bev.
I just tried that for the Viasat browser and it allows me to still see the comments without the video playing.
The video still appears off to the side, but at least it is automatically in pause mode. 
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I am running more and more into sites that scream about ad blockers being turned on and won't reveal their content unless you turn it off.

Others seeing that more often now?
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Old Labs (VS1-329-L12FZ)

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Yes, blocking Java Script for the site can get around it sometimes providing the site functions without Java Script - if not I'm forced to make a decision - can I live with out that site or not.
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i have to agree with @Old Labs onto this one... PLUS!!! if i need a website to download my anime shows... THEN!!! i have a backup website i can go to that can help me out so therefore... i will download from that website of my animes into english dub... if i cant find it onto the original website... then... ill go to that website for the english dub... yes i DO watch english SUB and DUB of animes ^-^ BUT!!! if one isnt into dub then ill watch it into sub... BUT it is vice versa... OR if i LOVE an anime... THEN!!! ill watch them BOTH into english sub AND dub by downloading them :3

but yeah... i have to agree with @VeteranSatUser i had a NO problems with a anime website with downloading from them... BUT!!! ALL OF SUDDENLY!!! they where screaming at me to turn off my adblock OR just go to a premium website to watch NON-ADS and stuff... WHICH i CANT afford a premium membership anymore ;-; WHICH is kinda sad ;-; BUT!!! ill still buy the mangas for them AND i TRY to buy the dvd's/blu-rays of the animes i REALLY LOVE <3 and stuff ^-^
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just says no.
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The Viasat Browser (https://browser.viasat.com) includes a data saving feature that blocks the auto-play and preload of HTML5 audio and video streams.  Additionally, it includes ad blocking which reduces the bytes needed to render many pages by 30+%.
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Any ETA on a mobile version?
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We are working on Android and iOS versions right now, and are hoping to be in alpha test this summer.
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MEM - If you use the Viasat Browser and go to the Daily Mail site and click on comments, the videos on the side won't start playing.
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DavidBrowserGuy, Browser Expert.

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.
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Firefox users:
If you want to go crazy here is the best way to block Javascript, videos and images.
In your url bar enter about:config
(proceed after the warning message)
search for javascript.enabled, set value to false.
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.
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With Viasat Browser, audio/video pre-load and autoplay are disabled by default for HTML5 content.  The Browser installs the uBlock extension which also provides significant data savings.  Additional controls for blocking javascript and images may be found here: viasat://settings/content.  Extensions, such as the one that MEM is using can provide a further level of video stream blocking control for non-HTML5 content.
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The Viasat Browser really works good.  Very happy with it.  I thought nothing would be better than Firefox, but this one is.
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