Option to Disable Autoload and Autoplay of HTML5 Videos


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    @hadden89 said in Option to Disable Autoload and Autoplay of HTLM5 Videos:

    I've never checked site content for this. Now I'll do.

    Sorry, my bad english.
    Meant as "My wish: In future, if a feature 'autoplay block' exists in Vivaldi, there should be a blocked content icon."


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    @pollik said in Option to Disable Autoload and Autoplay of HTLM5 Videos:

    I don't understand why

    You made a very good point there. Please, allow me to elaborate on that topic a little bit - hopefully, I'll be able to shed some light on this process for you.

    There could be many reasons why some features are not present in one (or many) browsers:

    • Feature is difficult to implement;
    • There's a low demand for the feature;
    • More important features are currently being worked on;
    • The developers had not enough time/resources to work on that feature yet;
    • Sometimes a tremendous amount of work is required to achieve a very simple feature or trivial functionality.

    Of course, these are only a few of possible reasons why some feature might still be missing, but it is always wrong to assume that the developers won't actually do something for as long as they didn't tell you so. For that purpose we have the WILL NOT DO tag that is used whenever a feature is actually not making it to the Vivaldi browser. This one hasn't been tagged as such, so all we have to do is either rely on extensions (for now) or just be patient.



  • @pafflick said in Option to Disable Autoload and Autoplay of HTLM5 Videos:

    This one hasn't been tagged as such, so all we have to do is either rely on extensions (for now) or just be patient.

    Whilst I'm more than happy to be patient, I feel this is one of the few areas where Vivaldi could really distinguish itself from Firefox/Chrome. Both have made their views clear - If you look at the Chrome bug report logs they said 'yup we've fixed it' and left it as it is (just muted) and Firefox is the same - they obviously have a large commercial incentive to keep auto-play ads (because that's all it's really used for) in.

    If all autoplaying was blocked as standard on Vivaldi (with an easy feature to turn it on in settings) it'd be a huge sell. I'd say you could put it on the front page as one of the major things Vivaldi does that the others don't. Combining that with settings to allow/disallow floating videos (the ones that follow you around the page) and you'd gain a lot of followers.

    Thanks for all your hard work so far!



  • @BimW said in Option to Disable Autoload and Autoplay of HTLM5 Videos:

    If all autoplaying was blocked as standard on Vivaldi (with an easy feature to turn it on in settings) it'd be a huge sell. I'd say you could put it on the front page as one of the major things Vivaldi does that the others don't.

    Exactly!

    Vivaldi - the only browser that blocks annoying autoplay videos!
    

    😎



  • @BimW said in Option to Disable Autoload and Autoplay of HTLM5 Videos:

    If all autoplaying was blocked as standard on Vivaldi ... it'd be a huge sell.

    Pity then that Vivaldi is free. 😜



  • Firefox does do one crucial thing that's a big quality of life improvement over Vivaldi - even if videos play (and you can disable more in the about:config for it) they play muted. And it's the sound that's really a massive irritant, I don't want my computer to make noises unless I make it do that. So I definitely think the Vivaldi team should put this on the radar. For instance, visiting CNET.com pops up a video and some asshole starts talking right away in Vivaldi, but in Firefox it pops up - silent... which is not a big deal.



  • This one (reloaded/fork) seems as work. Will remove it, do not like one new extension for such stupid thing.

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/disable-html5-autoplay-re/cafckninonjkogajnihihlnnimmkndgf/related?hl=en

    Give us just one new option under "Tabs" Settings. "Mute all Tabs". So simple. Most irritating is loud sound, not pitty bandwidth issues.



  • @Stagger_Lee That's the one i've been using for yonks. Yes it's a pity to have to use an extension for such a function, but until V can do this natively i'm not going to remove it in a pique of high dudgeon simply for reasons of puritanical principle alone, when doing so would manifestly be cutting off my nose to spite my face.

    Mainly this extension does work ok for me, but it has one unexpected adverse trait on some websites. On these sites it works "too well", in that even when i then specifically, repeatedly, click the embedded media "play" button it still refuses to play, unless & until i fully deactivate the extension for that site. On the majority of sites though, it works fine for me.



  • Brave does this well.



  • is there still no option for this?? when i scroll through reddit, everything starts to play directly. that is pretty horrid. ectually this is way worse then the old flash videos that start directly, whats the reason not every browser has this, a deal with the advertisment industry??



  • As it is becoming standard, you'd need a feature to enable autoplay rather than disable it. In the near future all video will be "click to play".



  • So I commented on this about 9 months ago and whilst I'm hugely grateful for all the work that's been done, it's a real shame that it's still not been sorted out nor is in the pipeline. Whilst pafflick kindly stated some general reasons why features aren't implemented, I still don't understand this particular one.

    I've never met a single person who liked autoplay videos (and most people absolutely loathe them) - it seems to be purely aggressive marketing and is on par with pop-ups of old - it seems to be the biggest 'profits over users' policy that I've seen from the commercial browsers. All that to say, there's an obviously high demand for the feature and I can't see this being an insurmountable technical problem as plugins have managed it before (admittedly to varying degrees of success).

    As I said before, I believe this could be one of the strongest 'selling points' (as pointed out, it's free, but it would draw a big crowd) of Vivaldi and a big win for the user. As such, I'd like to state my request again for this to be added to the pipeline if at all possible.





  • @iAN-CooG
    I installed the extension and so far it seems to work (see addition below)
    Nevertheless such an essential feature should be part of Vivaldi. You never know who is behind an extension and what they are doing with the data they can get their hands on.

    Edit: It works to block some ads that Youtube No Buffer doesn't block. But behaviour on Youtube is erratic; half the time it doesn't work.



  • Two years after this issue was posted, it proved fruitful for me. Viva necro threads! One of the extensions listed works well to stifle YouTube's autoplay, so... Yeah, thanks.



  • Is there any update on this? Two years is a long time to be patient, especially with radio silence on whether or not they're even looking into this.

    It's strange to me that "the most customizable browser" wouldn't give the option to block obnoxious, resource-hogging autoplay videos that most people say have a very negative impact on their browsing experience, while Chrome, Edge, and Firefox do. I've had to give up on using entire websites before because the autoplay videos were so intrusive and wouldn't stop or go away. Those vids are not Vivaldi's fault obviously; I'm just saying that if I were using Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Brave instead, I would be able to use those websites. So I guess it's time to use one of those instead. Hopefully Vivaldi will catch up soon so I can start using it again!


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    @GoddessKait The thread is tagged as In Progress, which means they are currently working on it.



  • I'm waiting for this feature too..... 😞


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    @Regnas The thread is now tagged as Pipeline, which means that you may have to wait until next year.



  • @Pesala said in Option to Disable Autoload and Autoplay of HTML5 Videos:

    @Regnas The thread is now tagged as Pipeline, which means that you may have to wait until next year.

    😢


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