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The Life (and Death) of Autoplay

Posted by Nick Weikert on Apr 20, 2018 11:34:36 AM

In recent months, many of the major web browsers, both on desktops and on mobile, have made the change to startblocking auto-playing video with or without audio. For browsers like Chrome, this is due to a set of polls that Google has taken from its users that showed an overwhelmingly negative experience for videos with auto-play enabled on websites.

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We have all seen the videos that start playing loudly as soon as you go to a website; those are the videos causing the majority of concern among users. Put plainly, people don't want to see content they didn’t ask for. With the most recent version of Chrome (66 on desktop), Google is now blocking any video with audio that autoplays by default. Safari and Microsoft Edge have also stated they plan to block these videos soon by default as well.

 

Overall, this is for the better, as auto-play videos can often be a severe distraction for users on websites and will generally play louder than any video they actually want to view. Many sites that use auto-play videos have had shorter user interaction with their webpages, resulting in less views of their content overall.

At StreamSpot, our platform developers work hand-in-hand with the development path that's being laid out by the browsers to make sure your streaming and your viewers’ streaming experience is as successful as possible, so we’ve disabled auto-play by default when your viewers are using Chrome Browsers so they do not have any issues when trying to view your content.

Topics: streaming basics, players, autoplay, features

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