Turn off video autoplay

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We live in a rural area and use wireless 4G internet. I need to disable the videos and trailers from autoplaying when going to some movie pages. Video playing and loading in the background wastes our monthly bandwidth and in the end I have to pay more for videos I don't want to see.

I checked in preferences and site setting and can not find any options for disabling this.
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Have you tried reference view?
After you log in, click on your name, site settings. Under preferences: update general pref. At the bottom is: Show reference view (old title/name page layout)

It changes the pages to the older IMDB style and doesn't seem to load as much on screen.

If your problem is the advertising rather than the content; I'm not sure there is going to be a way to disable ads from inside IMDB, that's part of their revenue.

You could look into using a web browser that is customizalbe and use a script that stops autoplay. I use firefox and stop autoplay when I'm browsing youtube so that the videos dont play unless I want them to (I have a habit of opening multiple tabs and dont want them all autoplaying at once)

Firefox isn't the only customizable browser, there's quite a few out there if prefer something else. Pretty much anything other than internet explorer is likely to have an option for customizaing how and when videos start. Google brings up quite a few options for "How do I stop videos loading automatically"
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Nope. If IMDB is forcing these things onto users, then IMDB should have settings to turn them off. Although your suggestions are technically helpful, and some learned folks may try them out, it still seems like a lot of work to turn off something that is being forced on users.

Furthermore, the videos are now displaying at the very top of webpages between the search box and above the video title (i.e. title, rating, genre, date, cast, etc.). These videos are taking up valuable screen real estate.

On my Opera browser I had to install an extension called "Disable HTML5 Autoplay" <https://addons.opera.com/extensions/> which stops the video from playing, regardless of whether you click the play or pause button. It still uses up valuable screen real estate. And sometimes for other websites I have to turn off this extension to allow other sites to display things I really do care about.

I've noticed that IMDB has been failing the user community lately. It used to be the absolute best but someone, I don't know how high up in the corporate ladder, has decided to make changes that negatively impact user enjoyment. In fact, some features have actually crippled certain functions and have made it next to impossible to find answers to specific questions regarding cast, episodes, and dates.

I started my video collection using IMDB over two decades ago, easily linking to Amazon, and have purchased hundreds (to say thousands is embarrassing) of discs. But now? With so many sources for this information and physical videos, I'm having bad thoughts concerning IMDB. I thoroughly believe in boycotting and have seen it work first hand. I guess I'll just do what I need to.

Thanks for your patience with me (if you've reached the end of this post).

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