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YouTube's latest idea: server-side ad injection

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madires:
From SponsorBlock (https://fosstodon.org/@sponsorblock/112603139898164385):

--- Quote ---YouTube is currently experimenting with server-side ad injection. This means that the ad is being added directly into the video stream.

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Some reddit users confirmed that: https://www.reddit.com/r/uBlockOrigin/comments/1de9kv5/youtube_is_currently_experimenting_with/

pqass:
They may take our attention, but they'll never take our mute button!  And hopefully the FF still works.

NiHaoMike:

--- Quote from: pqass on June 13, 2024, 02:56:44 pm ---They may take our attention, but they'll never take our mute button!  And hopefully the FF still works.

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Anything they do to handle ads differently from content can be used against them. That includes disabling seeking, we'll just have that trigger an automatic mute and blank.

Also, unless there would be the exact same ads at the exact same times per video, wouldn't it be possible to download it multiple times and just reject what differs? (It would also generate multiple ad "views" which would make things interesting...)

Faranight:
If they add ads directly into the video, then how are they going to serve videos without ads to paying subscribers?
And if they keep some videos without ads for this purpose, how are they going to prevent non-subs from using addons that redirect the videos from ones with ads to ad-less?

Halcyon:
Hmmm. I hope this doesn't cause issues for those of us who download Youtube videos to watch locally.

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