I have seen this plugin to block Youtube ads for quite some time, but never really thought much about it until someone asked me the other day if there was a Firefox add one that would allow you to block Youtube ads. In fact I didn’t realize this extension even did that until I searched for one. You know those stupid annotations that pop up in videos all the time that link to other crap? Hell…uploaders even put these in at times because they think it adds to the video. It rarely does, and just like everything else online if you give some douchebag the ability to clutter something up they will go overboard with it. Blocking these Youtube ads is just as important IMO. People aren’t clever.
The Firefox Extension TubeStop was created originally just to stop auto-play of Youtube videos. A side benefit was that it also blocked the new Youtube ads.
How does it work? Well… TubeStop replaces YouTube’s native player on the site with the embeddable version, which has not been ad-ified yet. So when you open the video it isn’t running yet, and therefore can’t pre-load the ads. So unless you want to get links to HGH releasers while watching a video of Ahnold drinking Jack Daniel’s, you probably have a need for this Firefox add-on to block Youtube ads.
There are other side effects you will have to consider as well and decide if this is for you. Since the TubeStop add-on stops the video from auto-starting it also stops your ability to view uninterrupted play lists. This is a newer feature of Youtube that allows you to watch several videos in a row with out having to click on anything. Like when you want to watch some BS conspiracy program from Alex Jones and it is uploaded into 122 parts. It will just run straight through rather than having to find the next one every time one part ends. With the TubeStop extension you will not be able to do this. At least not yet.
Also, it doesn’t pre-load videos. So if you have a shit internet connection you probably will just want to avoid TubeStop entirely and forget about blocking the Youtube ads.
This is obviously all I have seen. If ANYONE knows a better option please let us know.