Down With Auto-Initiated Video!


There are only a few things in this world that get me angry.  Intolerance.  Georgetown.  Belgians (except Kristof!  He's one of the good ones).  And Autoplay Online Video.

If you've been over to SUAthletics.com anytime recently you've noticed (how could you not) that they've got an autoplay video on the site.  And no matter what page you go to, it follows you...like a virus.  Every.  Single.  Time.  No cookie, no frequency cap...just the same video every single mother-loving time.

So if you're like me, spend a lot of time over there and are looking for a way to not watch that SU Lacrosse championship video for the 157th time, here's how you do it (swiped from this post on how to block ESPN's autovideo):

  • First, you need to be using Firefox. If this is an issue...join the rest of us in the 21st century already.
  • Next, install the Adblock Plus extension (which you should really be using anyway). Adblock, well, blocks ads online. It comes with a huge list of automatically-blocked ads, which is neat, but the great thing about it is that you can manually add other ads to the list. Like, I don’t know… the SU Athletics video that starts whenever you visit SUAthletics.com.
  • Next (after you restart Firefox to activate the Adblock extension), click on "Tools" in the menu bar. Then click on "Add-ons."
  • Highlight Adblock and click on the "Options" button.
  • In the "New Filter" box, enter this: http://|http://summs.internetconsult.com//asx/2009/5/27/*
  • Click "Done."

Enjoy the bliss that is not watching that video again.  Peruse the site at your leisure without feeling the need to turn your speakers down every five seconds.  And if you ever want to remove the block, it's simple.  Just go back into Add-ons and remove it.

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