Online video can be great. Netflix's customer base is constantly growing and people watch over a billion hours of Youtube videos every day. Everything good brings something bad, though, and the dark side of streaming video is annoying undesired autoplay video ads. Google is working to add features to future versions of Chrome to limit automatic video playback to situations where the video doesn't play audio or when the user has chosen to play video from a particular website in the past. The Chromium blog says those features are coming to Chrome 64, due for release in late January or early February next year.
Chrome will allow automatic video playback if any of four conditions are met:
Google says this policy change is part of an effort to reduce bandwidth usage and device power utilization, as well as minimize unwanted noise. The changes will also let users have greater control over video playback, enable content providers to use autoplay without complicated workarounds, and make the behavior of desktop and mobile browsers more consistent.
Misuse of advertising techniques is nothing new on the internet, and abusers will surely find a way to wiggle out of the new restrictions in Chrome. The move comes in the wake of Google's previous announcement that it will implement limited ad-blocking features into Chrome early next year. The changes to automatic video playback policy are on track to come online with Chrome 64, which is expected to be marked as stable at the end of January 2018.
|Break records with EVGA's GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin Hydro Copper Gaming||12|
|Intel patches new vulnerabilities in its Management Engine||16|
|National Stuffing Day Shortbread||17|
|Tuesday deals: a 4K monitor, a 1 TB SSD, and much more||18|
|Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 goes for a minimalist style||3|
|Marvell takes Cavium under its wing for $6 billion||2|
|Deals of the day: Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs on the cheap and more||37|
|Aorus K9 Optical keyboard senses strokes with infrared light||15|
|ROG Strix XG32VQ and XG35VQ fuse fast VA panels with FreeSync||21|
|Working on it.||+17|