New York Times: Autoplay Videos Are Not Going Away. Here’s How to Fight Them.. “You’re probably familiar with this horrendous experience: You are perusing a website, and suddenly an annoying voice or unfamiliar music blasts through your speakers. You wonder, where is this coming from? You scroll up and down the webpage only to realize that a video is playing without your consent. And the noise polluting your ears is coming from an ad preceding a video you had never clicked to watch.”
CNET: Firefox users finally get option to block autoplay video, audio. “Firefox users are finally getting the option to block the video and audio that frequently begins playing automatically when you visit websites, something already offered on Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browsers. The option was added over the weekend to Firefox Nightly, the latest test version of Mozilla’s popular web browser, asking users by default whether they want to allow a website to autoplay video with sound. Users also have the option to go into their preferences and block all sites’ autoplay ability if they don’t want to deal with it for each site they visit.”
CNET: Google rolls back Chrome update breaking web games. “Google said Tuesday it’s updated its Chrome browser to temporarily remove a recent change that broke the audio on several web-based games. By automatically pausing Web Audio objects when a webpage is launched, the update earlier this month was intended to help silence ads that seemingly begin barking at you when you visit some sites. But the feature reportedly also silenced the audio in web-based games.”
PC Gamer: A Google Chrome update breaks the audio in numerous web-based games. “Google Chrome was recently updated to block auto-playing videos on websites by default. It quickly came to light that the way the change was implemented has a pretty big downside, as a number of game developers including ‘Getting Over It With’ Bennett Foddy and VVVVVV creator Terry Cavanagh, hit up Twitter to say that the change had killed the audio in their games, and potentially thousands of others.”
Google Blog: Improving Autoplay in Chrome . “For many, Chrome is more than a browser—it’s also a TV, phone, radio, and jukebox for the wide range of media experiences the web has to offer. And when you hit your favorite pump-up playlist, you want to get right to it instead of having to hit ‘play’ every time. At the same time, you probably don’t like it when you click on a link, land on a website, and it automatically plays sound that you weren’t expecting. In fact, in Chrome a significant number of autoplays are paused, muted, or have their tab closed within six seconds by people who don’t want them. That’s why we’re announcing a new policy on Chrome desktop to block unwanted autoplays.”
Lifehacker: Mute Every Website Automatically with This Chrome Extension. “Letting you mute entire websites in Chrome may be the best upgrade Google ever made to the browser, but it could still be better. Sure, muting every site with annoying pop-up videos is great, but what if you didn’t have to deal any audio at all? Thanks to AutoMute, you’ll never have to hear another peep out of your browser ever again.”
CNET: Google Chrome to block autoplay videos from January. “Google is being the ultimate pal: In an upcoming update to its Chrome web browser, it will block any autoplay video that has sound. ‘Starting in Chrome 64,’ an official blog post explained, “‘autoplay will be allowed when either the media won’t play sound, or the user has indicated an interest in the media.'” YAY!