Recently (maybe since a week ago), CNN.com started autoplaying videos. When I click on an article that has a video, the video automatically starts playing. Is there a way to disable this feature? I did not see any options to do so. I still want the option of playing the video manually.
I did the following for Google Chrome which does the job:
Settings → Show Advanced Settings → Content settings... → Plug-ins → Manage exceptions...
Then create a new exception as
and make the behavior "Ask" (or "Block" in recent builds).
This will make it such that when you open a CNN article, you have to click the video to run Flash player, which effectively keeps it from auto-playing.
Edit: Dropped the "www" from the exception as putting just "cnn.com" will also block video on adjacent cnn websites like money.cnn.com
I wrote to CNN today to ask if there is a way to turn off autoplay, possibly by logging in and setting it in a preference. Here is the reply:
Thanks for contacting CNN. We do not offer the ability to disable the auto-play feature of the video and we appreciate you taking the time to voice your opinion. I will make sure this information is escalated and shared with the appropriate department for consideration.
I tried changing the Chrome setting to require a click before a plug-in is loaded (per the instructions above) but that also disables the still image, which is sometimes part of the story.
So I guess I'll be switching to MSNBC.COM...
I installed No Script which is a must given all the cookies flying around out there...works with Firefox. You choose what comes in and what doesn't.
- Install No Script add on for Firefox
- Block turner.com
- Voila, no vids.
I've done a lot of basic searching for an answer to stop annoying autoplay video, particularly from CNN.COM. I could not find a reliable way to do so on IE11. However, I did find how to do that on Chrome. So, I've switched. Just go to Settings, Advanced, Privacy, Content Settings and review those options.
Chrome, I've avoided until now. A setting is how it ought to be. Not a 3rd party app. Bye-bye IE11.
In Firefox, you can go to Menu > Addons > Plugins > Shockwave Flash. Set it to Ask to Activate. That will make Flash disabled by default, and you can click it to activate it. (This will affect all websites, you can't filter which ones).