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.