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pop out videos wont stop. Have unchecked the box, but still chewing up my bandwidth.

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Please make videos stop playing when I go to a website. Now (25/9/20) pop out videos have started cluttering my screen and are difficult to shut down. I do not want picture in picture and I do not want videos to play automatically. I have been through all the settings, but nothing makes any difference.

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These are just in-page frames, not Firefox's Picture-in-Picture feature. There's nothing built-in to Firefox to block floating or fixed-position video frames, you would need to use an extension to block them. (I actually haven't researched which extensions can do it.)

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It shouldn't autoplayed, but it doesn't look like our picture in picture. It's the feature of this website. Ask its owners, how to disable it.

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You can disable PiP via about:config (media.videocontrols.picture-in-picture.enabled = false), but you need a content blocking extension or possibly disable autoplay in Firefox to prevent a website from showing a floating media player window.

You can look at these prefs on the the about:config page to see if these settings work for you to block autoplay and possibly prevent opening a popup player.

  • media.autoplay.default = 5 [0:allow;1:blockAudible;2:Prompt;5:blockAll]
  • media.autoplay.blocking_policy = 2
  • media.autoplay.allow-extension-background-pages = false
  • media.autoplay.block-event.enabled = true

You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click "I accept the risk!" to continue.


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Hi, thanks for your post, unfortunately it did not work. Everything was fine until the most recent update, now PiP is on all the time.

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Can you post a link to a publicly accessible page (i.e. no authentication or signing on required)?

Can you attach a screenshot?

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Hi, thanks - an easy site to access - [https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/index.htm

Screenshot is PiP.jpg

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These are just in-page frames, not Firefox's Picture-in-Picture feature. There's nothing built-in to Firefox to block floating or fixed-position video frames, you would need to use an extension to block them. (I actually haven't researched which extensions can do it.)

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Thanks for your help. I have found Pop Up Blocker (Strict) in the add-ons, it seems to have stopped the problem.

Modified by j.searle01

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