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12 Nov, 2013 11:19 PM

Any possibility of blocking video clips or video ads?

My trigger is HuffPost, which has tacked involuntary ads to the front of their video clips for years. I simply don't play the videos, and read the stories below them. They recently started a new thing; the videos self play. There is a short delay, so it is really fun when I have several tabs open, and one or more of them starts barking an ad at the same time, and I can't find it.

Huffpost is certainly out of control, but is hardly the only culprit. Blue sky of course would be the ability to strip a pre or post content ad selectively, but I would be happy with just preventing self playing. It is a feature I would pay for in a heartbeat.

Your thoughts are welcome.

  1. 1 Posted by Kieran on 13 Nov, 2013 05:34 PM

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    At the moment, it is impossible for us to block video ads in Safari for anything other than YouTube (and even with that we've got a bug).

    If you want video ads blocked, you will need to install it on Chrome or Opera.

  2. Kieran closed this discussion on 13 Nov, 2013 05:34 PM.

  3. Michael Goldberg re-opened this discussion on 14 Nov, 2013 12:31 AM

  4. 2 Posted by Michael Goldber... on 14 Nov, 2013 12:31 AM

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    Too bad, thanks for taking the time to respond.
    Any prognosis for Safari?


  5. 3 Posted by Kieran on 14 Nov, 2013 05:47 PM

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    For fixing the YouTube bug - we're working on it, but haven't worked out
    why yet.

    For implementing video ad blocking in Safari - it is impossible, as Safari
    doesn't provide the right infrastructure for us to do it.

  6. 4 Posted by Michael Goldber... on 14 Nov, 2013 07:15 PM

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    Thanks very much CS.

  7. Tomáš closed this discussion on 15 Nov, 2013 06:00 PM.

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