This was particularly annoying last week as we were away in Taupo and having to tether via a mobile phone, and the videos chewed up a chunk of data before we could stop them playing.
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kendo: noscript addon
NZHerald and Stuff videos are becoming more intrusive, especially annoying at work, but wasting bandwidth as well. I've installed Flash Control and stopped plugins running automatically, but still they run. On the herald they actually start the countdown, I hit no, and only then do the blockers work.
Has anyone found a good way to block these annoying videos?
I rarely go to either Stuff or NZ Herald these days - they are too light on content, and too high on clickbait and fluff.
But, in answer to your question, when I go there I find that I can make them play nice with a combination of Ghostery, Flashblock, NoScript and Adblock Plus.
Between them, these seem to deal with the worst of the obnoxious behavior of both of these sites.
Adblock removes stuff, occasionally I do want to play them. Shame there's no one extension that prevents videos playing.
I use an adblocker (yes - 'Geekzone' is whitelisted so Geekzone ads do show!) called Adblock Pro on Firefox.
The Herald videos don't play, as they seem to often need to play an ad first - which is blocked!
Works a treat, and no ads displayed is a bonus. If you want the video to play just click the Ad Blocker icon in the tool bar and "disable blocking everywhere" then refresh the Herald page.
Works for me :)