Since yesterday I can no longer watch YouTube videos because YouTube requires me to turn off my ad blocker (uBlock Origin). But I don’t want to turn off uBlock Origin. I would be interested to know what solutions there are to circumvent this advertising dictatorship, how did you solve it?
Of course i could just pay the 5.99 or 11.99 euros for an ad-free account, but if I had to pay for every service then I would have a long bill.
Of course there are pros and cons in this story. I would be interested in your opinion on this.
If I violate any guidelines with this thread, I’m sorry. it’s such a gray area.
One more thing, I’ve never seen an advertisement on the internet and thought to myself that’s great, I need that, which is why advertising is actually pointless for me. That’s why it’s a waste of time for me. Did you hear that? YouTube, turn off the ad blocking algorithm.
I hit this a few weeks ago here in the States; not just from UBlock, also from StartPage Privacy and Vivaldi’s default blocking. In my case, when I didn’t unblock for a while, I was banned from watching any video. For now I’ve unblocked - yes, the ads are annoying, but I haven’t found a reasonable alternative (no, I’m not going to download every flipping video I want to watch).
I can only wonder if paying for ad-free content means more/less/same revenue for Google vs. the video producers.
I watch videos with advertisements on my smartphone and I found it annoying that advertisements sometimes ran for 2 minutes. Compared to the website loading times of the 90s, that’s fast, but nowadays we’re used to everything being available after a few seconds, so 2 minutes is an eternity.
Firefox user here. I use AdBlocker Ultimate. It has a feature allowing you to select elements on screen and declare them as ads. It remembers this and hides them from then on. So I select the popup complaining about adblocker and I can continue my viewing experience unhindered. Make sure to click preview, so that you don’t hide something else by mistake.
This adblocker also hides YouTube video ads. No to mention it’s a pretty good adblocker overall. Using it for more than 5 years now.
I also just read about this new extension that doesn’t really block ads but skips them
This blocker is designed to monitor advertisements, automatically seek the ads and skip them. It’s important to note that this doesn’t classify as traditional ad blocking, as the ad content is technically “loaded”.
Nevertheless, the extension’s underlying logic enables it to fast-forward through the ad content to its conclusion. The entire process is optimized to occur within an extremely brief timeframe, typically <=100 milliseconds, ensuring a smooth and uninterrupted user experience.