Firefox + uBlock Origin vs. CNN Autoplay Videos

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


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.

Update: Some sites run auto-play videos through JW Player, which you kill thusly:


That blocks the source of the player, which seems to not depend on the site using it. So far, so good.


  1. #1 by madbodger on 2018-12-23 - 11:30

    Neat! I have zero patience for auto-playing videos.

    • #2 by Ed on 2018-12-23 - 12:37

      Particularly for content-free talking heads … which almost completely describes CNN’s videos.

      Converting five seconds of information into three minutes of blather must require talent!