1. TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users. Ask a question and give support. Join the community here.
    TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users.
    Ask a question and give support.
    Join the community here, it only takes a minute.
    Dismiss Notice

Chrome is finally doing something about those autoplaying videos

By David Matthews · 11 replies
Sep 15, 2017
Post New Reply
  1. One of the most annoying things about browsing the web is autoplaying videos. In my experience, news websites such as CNN are particularly egregious with blaring videos as I'm trying to read the article. Google previously hinted that they were testing muting features last month. Now it appears it will be rolling out for all users.

    Google detailed the changes in their Chromium blog stating, "Starting in Chrome 64, autoplay will be allowed when either the media won’t play sound, or the user has indicated an interest in the media"

    Videos will only autoplay if the user has clicked or tapped (if on mobile) somewhere on the website. Auto play will also be limited If the site has been added to the home screen or if the user has frequently played media on the site before.

    While Google claims that autoplay can make media "faster and easier to consume", they also admit that unexpected media playback is one of the biggest complaints users have. Not only can they be annoying but they can consume battery life and data. These changes make "autoplay more consistent with user expectations and will give users more control over audio."

    Additionally, Google is introducing a new site muting option to Chrome 63 (which comes out in October).This option allows users to completely disable audio for individual sites. The site muting option persists between browsing sessions which means you won't have to continually mute the offending website every time you open up your browser.

    Google has further recommendations for developers who insist that the world is a better place with autoplaying videos:

    • Use autoplay sparingly. Autoplay can be a powerful engagement tool, but it can also annoy users if undesired sound is played or they perceive unnecessary resource usage (e.g. data, battery) as the result of unwanted video playback.
    • If you do want to use autoplay, consider starting with muted content and let the user unmute if they are interested in exploring more. This technique is being effectively used by numerous sites and social networks.
    • Unless there is a specific reason to do so, we recommend using the browser’s native controls for video and audio playback. This will ensure that autoplay policies are properly handled.
    • If you are using custom media controls, ensure that your website functions properly when autoplay is not allowed.
    • Prompt users to add your mobile site to the homescreen on Android devices. This will automatically give your application unmuted autoplay privileges

    Permalink to story.

     
  2. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,142   +1,304

    If I visit a site and experience annoying ads or autoplay videos, I add that site to my blocked list and never go there again. Ever.
     
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,092   +1,543

    GOOD! I absolutely hate auto-play videos. Especially when the website places the video in some obscure location and you have to look all over the web page to find it. ESPN along with CNN are notorious for this.

    To any web designers reading this, if I want to watch a video, I'll click on it. Otherwise, knock it the hell off with the auto-play nonsense. This is exactly the reason why people are using ad blockers - obtrusive, obnoxious ads and auto-play videos.
     
  4. roberthi

    roberthi TS Addict Posts: 387   +120

    "Starting in Chrome 64, autoplay will be allowed when either the media won’t play sound, or the user has indicated an interest in the media"

    How about this: "or the user has indicated an interest in the media"

    It's annoying and distracting trying to read even when videos don't have sound. Some are on "sticky" mode where they travel with you as you scroll.
     
    Versutus likes this.
  5. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,682   +774

    Sweet... this is good news.
     
  6. Spence1115

    Spence1115 TS Enthusiast Posts: 55   +46

    "Prompt users to add your mobile site to the homescreen on Android devices. This will automatically give your application unmuted autoplay privileges"

    So we're gonna see more of that **** instead? Great...
     
  7. Hellraiser78

    Hellraiser78 TS Rookie

    Good stuff :). Had this problem with Bleacher report but then I added this to add block an it fixed it ||bleacherreport.net/amp.premier/bleacher/2/amp.premier.min.js
     
  8. ManuelV

    ManuelV TS Addict Posts: 126   +60

    They are doing those sites a favor.
     
  9. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,394   +296

    Thanks Google. Microsoft, what are you doing with video autoplay on edge?
     
  10. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,839   +1,348

    Microsoft is gonna autoplay their own ads to you.
     
    EClyde likes this.
  11. taylor1277

    taylor1277 TS Enthusiast Posts: 32

    Just had to check my version and I am up to date with 72 which I notice they did something that actually makes videos autoplay again. back when they tried this a year or so ago with muting a webpage or just muting a tab, things got all screwed up and playback was screwed up. now I see when I go onto a website the video starts to play automatically and as soon as the page loads. but I noticed if you look closely at some webpages they load with fonts that make the webpage look like it is 1989. and I checked on two systems same thing, but if I use Firefox the problem isn't there, so it is Chrome
     
  12. taylor1277

    taylor1277 TS Enthusiast Posts: 32

    They aren't figuring this out, why can't they just mute ALL the websites that open with sound, then when you want to watch the video click on play and watch the video, anything on that page should play automatically now that one has enabled autoplay on it, continuous play of videos on Youtube on that page. Here lies the problem when you open two youtube tabs because people like me do. it plays both videos, overplays. then when you mute a website guess what is mutes both players, one on each tab. mute them all. let me unmute the player. JFC don't make life hard. same thing when I go on a news site, mute the video, if I want to watch it, then I will unmute the video. I thought technology was to make our lives easier, not with Google behind the wheel.
     

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...