[Workaround] Youtube videos not showing video but playing audio (Confirmed)
I had this problem where youtube videos were not showing but the audio was playing when Adblock is on. After some google searching, I came across this page, which explained that many people were having this problem and it listed some steps to try to fix it.
In these situations, I have figured out how to block the ad on youtube and still get the video to play like normal. I am posting this so that hopefully Adblock can code a solution to it, and so that in the meantime, everyone else can start getting around this issue.
So when the youtube page loads, it tries to load the ad, which gets blocked, then I believe a script checks to see if the ad showed correctly, and if it didn't, it does not show the video. This script that does the check, only checks to see if the webpage has access to the media file of the ad. So if we allow access to just the ad's media file, the ad will still not play (because adblock also blocks the mechanism that shows the ad), and the script allows the video to play because we passed the check.
[How To Use This Knowledge]
When you get one of these youtube videos where only the audio plays, click on the Adblock icon on your toolbar and click on "Show all requests" (currently on Chrome, this prompts you to hit Ctrl+Shift+I and click on the Adblock tab). Reload the page. At the top of the Adblock tab is a dropdown box that says "all", click on it and select "blocked". This shows the list of all items that Adblock blocked. Find the first one of type "Media" that is from an external site, mouse over that item in the list, and click on "Add exception" on that item.
Now refresh the page. If it was the correct item, then the video should load fine now with no ad. If you look at the list of exceptions in Adblock, you can turn that one exception rule into one that will work for any videos that use that same ad provider.
For instance, here is an exception that I added:
We clean this up to say:
Now any youtube videos using this same ad provider will have their ad blocked and you can watch the video without any issues. I hope this helps!
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