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steve48
 
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Post Posted March 12th, 2017, 2:43 pm

It seems that many internet news sites automatically download videos when one clicks on a story. I often find myself in a situation with limited bandwidth and would prefer not to have these videos clogging whatever bandwidth is available. Are there configuration settings in Firefox to prevent videos from loading?
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Post Posted March 12th, 2017, 2:54 pm

Try pref > media.autoplay.enabled set to false
and/or maybe > media.block-autoplay-until-in-foreground set to true
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Post Posted March 13th, 2017, 8:21 am

Hit Ctrl+Shift+A to open the extensions manager, click Plugins and then for Shockwave Flash, use the dropdown to set it to "Ask to activate".

For HTML5 video you can install this extension: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... ay/?src=ss

steve48
 
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Post Posted March 18th, 2017, 7:21 pm

Thanks JayhawksRock and Reflective for the suggestions. Here’s what I have found.

Setting media.autoplay.enabled set to false allows adobe.flash to load but not play. Then setting media.block-autoplay-until-in-foreground to true doesn’t appear to do anything.

Setting Shockwave Flash to "Ask to activate" adds a popup that asks "Allow to run adobe.flash?" The choices presented are “Allow Now” or “Allow and Remember”.

These settings appear to keep Firefox from running the video. Is there a way to keep the video from even loading?

I added the extension for the HTML5 video. As far as I am aware, it has not come into play. Perhaps the internet news sites I look at do not use HTML5?

Appreciate the help.
Steve

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Post Posted March 18th, 2017, 8:51 pm

How about going into Windows control panel and disabling Flash totally and see if HTML5 can take care of most of your needs.... or mess with the Flash settings there to get what you want
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Post Posted March 19th, 2017, 5:30 am

sites automatically download videos when one clicks on a story

Perhaps the internet news sites I look at

URLs?
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steve48
 
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Post Posted March 19th, 2017, 6:04 pm

Hello therube,

Here are a couple of new stories with video that automatically runs when I go to the web page:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03 ... badly.html

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/20 ... at-90.html
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steve48
 
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Post Posted March 19th, 2017, 6:06 pm

I have Firefox Shockwave Flash plugin. I do not find an Adobe Flash plugin in my Firefox.

What is the difference between Flash and Adobe Flash and Shockwave Flash?

Thanks.
Steve

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Post Posted March 20th, 2017, 12:20 am

on windows 11 there is a tab that allows you to stop videos from playing in your browser. i have updated many times and with each update, firefox has gotten more unstable and slower. stop patting yourselves on the back. you are not helping the casual user. DO I NEED TO GO BACK TO INTERNET EXPLORE 11 TO GET A FASTER, MORE STABLE BROWSER?

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