Disable HTML5 Autoplay
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Want to stop embedded videos in your favourite websites from playing automatically? This isn’t just a pipe-dream: grab the Disable HTML5 Autoplay extension for Google Chrome and you too will no longer have to put up with annoying automatic video content. This simply-named extension (which is also available for Opera) does exactly what the name suggests — it stops the automatic playback of both audio and video. You can also whitelist specific websites, enabling autoplay of media and GIFs in the pages you’d like them to continue on. And not only does it work on news websites, it’s effective on social media platforms as well, blocking videos from playing as you browse through your Facebook or Twitter newsfeed.
It’s important to remember, though, that Disable HTML5 Autoplay only blocks HTML5 videos, meaning Flash- and Silverlight-based media will still play automatically. While using this extension on Chrome, for example, we found that it stopped both ads and news clips from playing on SMH; however, on News.com.au, only clips were blocked, with the ads still playing.