YouTube Ads

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scriptor2016
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YouTube Ads

29 Nov 2019, 21:12

Just wondering what everyone's opinion on YouTube ads are - is finding a way to stop them a losing battle?

I've used various techniques in the past to stop the ads, and some of these techniques indeed worked for a period of time.

There was a small app called Privoxy and when it was run in the background, it was able to eliminate the ads entirely, and this worked for quite some time. Eventually however, it stopped working, due to what I assume is the relentless re-coding that Google seems to implement on a daily basis to make sure those ads can't be beaten- and Privoxy didn't keep up.

Next up, there's a site called nsfwyoutube.com which also for a time, would eliminate the ads. All this site does is embed the video onto their site and the ads are gone. This also worked for quite some time, but as to be expected - has now changed as well. The user can still copy and paste the youtube link and load it into nsfwyoutube.com, but now there are ads on that site as well when you try to play the video. This happened just recently. The problem here is that the ads pop up in the form of an additional tab, and happens whenever you click on the volume slider, or that fast fwd/rewind buttons, etc. Eventually after a few attempts the video will play, and will not show any more ads for the duration of the video until you click again on it somewhere such as the volume slider, fwd/rewind buttons, etc. So this is better than nothing but has become cumbersome to actually get the video started.

I figured this would be as good a place as any to ask - do the pro's here think that it's a losing battle and that ads just have to be accepted, or are there still ways around it? Perhaps with ahk?
gregster
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Re: YouTube Ads

29 Nov 2019, 21:46

Hi scriptor2016,
I moved your topic to the Offtopic forum, because I don't think it's really AHK-related with its current scope. I doubt that you can do much about it, using AHK.

That said, in my main browser Firefox I haven't seen Youtube ads for a long time - but I have the uBlock origin add-on installed (along with uMatrix) - also available for other browsers. The difference gets always very apparent, when I use Chrome without a blocking Add-on, my Youtube Chromecast app or my smart phone. But from what I here, there might be more ads in other parts of the world. There are also a number of websites that try to convince me nicely to de-activate the ad blocker (or block me right away as long as it is active). Depending on what it is, I consider it. But Youtube doesn't seem to care (at least here in Germany - or the EU ?), so far... tbh, I am still surprised about that.
guest3456
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Joined: 09 Oct 2013, 10:31

Re: YouTube Ads

30 Nov 2019, 22:00

i use AdBlockPlus on Chrome and i haven't seen a youtube ad in years

on mobile youtube ap, i see ads all the time

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Re: YouTube Ads

01 Dec 2019, 02:58

In both Chrome and Firefox, there are all kinds of add-ons that you can get that will stop YouTube Ads.

Google (YouTube owner), like many companies, are greedy as hell. Plus add in Google's continual destruction of user privacy and various stealth tracking methods for Ad targeting and other hidden questionable purposes.

YouTube Premium, their Ad-Free subscription service is arguably expensive. Google/YouTube could have debatably done better by making the Premium subscription cheaper to switch over more users. Especially when jumping from free. A lot of companies are so caught up in greed, they are not paying enough attention to overall viewer experience. Seems like they are trying to drown viewers in Ads, in an attempt to force them to pay for Premium in order to keep their sanity. I think a lot of people are hoping that some other video viewing platform becomes popular enough to replace YouTube one day soon.

If there will be an AHK solution, it will likely have to involve dealing with the internals of the browser. Maybe one of the programming wizards can cook something up with Chrome.ahk (https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=42890) or Tank's WebWriter (https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=68961&p=299600&hilit=tank#p299600), which needs iWebBrowser2.ahk.

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