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Youtube videos won't start when new tab opened

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macus
 
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Post Posted July 5th, 2019, 7:19 pm

I'm using FF 52.9. Whenever I open a Youtube video in a new tab, the video will not start playing. The activity indicator just sits there spinning forever. (After a bit, the message "If playback doesn't begin shortly, try restarting your device" appears.) I have to click on Pause, then on Play, to make the video start.

Opening subsequent videos in the same tab is not a problem (and Autoplay works too). This just started happening a few months ago; prior to that it worked fine. Disabling add-ons doesn't help. Opening the same pages in Edge or Pale Moon works fine. It's gotten annoying. Can anyone help? (Note: Updating to FF Quantum is not an option.)

dickvl

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Post Posted July 7th, 2019, 4:23 am

See media.block-autoplay-until-in-foreground

http://kb.mozillazine.org/about%3Aconfig

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Post Posted July 11th, 2019, 3:30 pm

Thanks for replying. If you were trying to tell me to change it, I did that. It didn't make any difference. The issue remains regardless of whether it's set to True or False.

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