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Archive for December 23rd, 2018

Firefox + uBlock Origin vs. CNN Autoplay Videos

Set up these filters in uBlock Origin, per some hints:

||registry.api.cnn.io/assets/fave/theoplayer$domain=cnn.com
cnn.com###large-media

All those annoying CNN auto-play videos will vanish, along with any videos you might have wanted. For me, it’s a reasonable tradeoff, as most (useful) videos will be available on Youtube or elsewhere.

The built-in browser controls you might think of activating, as I have, don’t work on CNN videos, because CNN uses theoplayer, a “universal” Javascript-based player. It’s not Flash, it’s not HTML5, it’s not a specific video thing, it’s a way to work around all those blocking mechanisms.

Mostly, I don’t get news from CNN, but occasionally a link will lead there, a video appears, and instantly gets muted.

Burn them. Burn them all.

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