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How do I stop videos loading automatically, please ?


I like looking at news sites but I find it very annoying when there's a video that starts playing almost immediately, for example, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12199980

or a podcast, for example, http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9361000/9361254.stm

Ideally, I would like to be able to change settings so that neither videos no podcasts start until I'm ready for them.

How can I achieve this ?

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I'm using Firefox 3.5.16 on a PC running Windows XP

Helper7677 165 solutions 1653 answers

NoScript will help with that and more.

NoScript is a powerful extension. To allow the 2 items you posted you should "Temporarily allow bbc.co.uk" and "Temporarily allow bbcimg.co.uk". If you choose "Allow..." instead of "Temporarily allow..." those sites will be permanently added to the NoScript whitelist; "Temporarily allow..." only adds them for the current Firefox session.

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    • Use Firefox to download and SAVE the installer to your hard drive from the link in the article below (Desktop is a good place so you can find it).
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    • After the installation, start Firefox and check your version again.
  4. Update the Java plugin to the latest version.

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Thanks, I will try that out.

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You can also look at Stop Autoplay: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/1765

Question owner

cor-el Thanks very much.

Stop Autoplay worked for me, although to stop the BBC videos playing I had to tick Block all flash media. It now shows no video picture or podcast description but at least it doesn't start the video/podcast.
tez9494 0 solutions 1 answers

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I use Flashblock - it also handily stops the annoying video ads aswell


Question owner

I've now been using Stop Autoplay for about 8 months. It works fine, though sometimes the player has to be clicked twice to play.

Also on some sites, embedded videos like those from YouTube won't play at all; however, this may not be related to Stop Autoplay at all.

I've noticed that videos in email (I'm using Outlook Express - I find it better than its replacement and Thunderbird) don't play, but I suspect that's not related.

Modified by Pertinax

mr.lauri 0 solutions 1 answers

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hi there.

does anybody know an alternative to 'stop autoplay'? Been using this for long now - so convenient! Seems like it'll not be developed any further and wouldn't work for the new Fox 8.something.. any new ideas on that topic (apart from NoScript or Flashblock)?

mozmos 0 solutions 5 answers

I have got the impression there is a will NOT to have this kind of tool on Firefox!

Is Open Source openly going to be Open Business Privately Financed?

Just a thought.

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You can try to set the media.autoplay.enabled pref to false on the about:config page, but I do not know if that works for this case as well.