Dis­able HTML5 Au­to­play

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TechLife Australia - - DISCOVER - [ SHARMISHTA SARKAR ]

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.

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