Solving the YouTube excessive ad problem

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  1. bwilson4web

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    Use the MEDIA tag:


    I ran the YouTube version and this 'media' version in parallel:
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    The wasted advertising time is not added to the YouTube video. But the ads easily added +5 minutes to the run. I did not open the YouTube to watch ads but to find information. The ads are killing YouTube for me.

    Bob Wilson
     
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    thank you bob, me too! can you describe how to use it in more detail?
     
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    When we link youtube videos here, they play without ads, if I'm not mistaken. That's worth gold (if I'm not dreaming): how and why is that.

    We're keeping up with a few Youtube channels, and a few older series, and yeah, the ads are getting crazy.

    What about a Youtube subscription; is that beneficial for the Youtube contributors?
     
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    it must be in some way, but i doubt it reduces ads. sometimes i wait them out, sometimes i click the close button. just depends on how badly i want to see something.

    i have developed a method where i start it and walk away for awhile, then i can restart without the beginning ads. but if there are ads all throughout, that becomes a pain.
     
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    What devices are you guys using? I have no ads, because I use adblockers.
     
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    1. Find the URL (use Share)
    2. Open/edit a thread or post.
    3. Use MEDIA link with the URL.
    4. Watch it, ad free (mostly)
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    Mac book pro. My kaboom ad blocker works great on websites, but not on videos
     
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    So what I was thinking, post the link here (for example), it'll play ad-dree?

    I have another sneaky tactic:

    1. In browser, copy YouTube video web address
    2. Open VLC Media Player
    3. Go to PullDown Media>Open Network Stream and paste
    4.When video loads*, go to PullDown Tools>Codec Information, copy text in Location field
    5. In browser, paste in address field
    6. Now you're seeing/playing video in it's "native" location, best I can understand. You can right click and download it, and/or it play it ad-free. My main motivation doing this (it's a bit involved) is for videos I really want to salt away, just in case they get taken down or whatever.

    * Every so often YouTube will "shake things up", and the above procedure doesn't work, bombs between steps 3 and 4. When this happen someone usually cobbles and publishes an updated "file" that needs to be put in a particular VLC Media Player sub-folder. It can take a while.
     
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    You could pay $11.99/mo to get the premium account for ads-free video and music. That being said, I don't usually watch a long video, so ads do not interrupt the viewing. Occasionally there are ads at the beginning which I can skip after 5 sec. But most of the time when I am just browsing YouTube, I view the entire video on the preview page without actually clicking and going to the page. There is no sound at least with my setting, but I can watch an entire video ad-free.
     
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    Number of ads depends on popularity? We've watched a number of Plum Village videos (Buddhist philosophy), never any ad interruptions.
     
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    I don't know if the popularity of the video is controlling the ads. But I think the number of times and duration of time you watch YouTube from a particular log-in also controls what ads at when and how often they are inserted. I watch one video and see no ads, but watch the same video again, I am greeted by ads in the beginning. I suspect if I use a different log-in credential or use a different browser, then I get different results.
     
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    Try the Brave browser for playing YouTube videos without ads, and to access much of the internet ad-free.
     
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    Brave is built on chromium, BTW, so it feels just like Chrome (and you can use Chrome extensions).
     
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    Hmm...my ad blocker software also works with YouTube...and has for a long time.
     
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    We watch YouTube mostly via an Apple TV gizmo attached to our TV, wonder is there someway to dodge the ads with that setup? Googling a bit I'm seeing it's not straightforward.

    Well, barring getting a paid YouTube subscription. If you do that some of the money goes to the video creator? That's a plus.
     
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    I think you are right in that watching on TV not on a computer makes ads appear more often. I don't watch it often, but when I do use my smart TV or using TV dongles (we have both Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast), it seems more ads are added. I can watch the same video ads-free if I view it on my computer browser.
     
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    Going through the site, as oppose to the app, likely means there are banner ads in place of the in video ones.
     
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    Well, if on a web browser using a computer, banners and pop-ups, if they exist, are effectively blocked by ads-blocker at least for me. For watching on TV using either a smart TV interface or dongles, unless mirroring the computer screen, YouTube is always on full-screen mode, so no banners or pop-ups can be seen.
     
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    Yeah..that's what I was trying to say in my earlier post. I have a 'home theatre PC' attached to my receiver and watch YouTube through a web browser ( chrome ) that has the 'AdBlock Plus' extension installed. No banner ads or ads in the videos at all.
     
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