YouTube Video ads are Like Commercial Breaks on TV shows

By Sidharth | Internet

Google’s YouTube plays a video ad before playing the actual video. This is not something new — we all have seen video ads running within the YouTube player before. But this time, the ads are just too aggressive.

On most of the YouTube videos, you will notice there’s no way to click “Skip ads“ and proceed to watch the video. You are now forced to select an advertisement, watch the commercial completely, and then watch the actual video. But there’s more: users are now given the ability to either select one long commercial break or go with multiple breaks, like this:

video ads running on YouTube player

If you look closely at the image above, you will notice the first ad is 1:44 minute long. That’s a pretty long video commercial break given the fact that the actual video was about 5-minute long.

Not all the YouTube clips run these video ads. Some of the longer YouTube videos have only one ad, and sometimes none. But this is just a start — we don’t know what YouTube will bring to the table in the near future. Probably paid videos? Wait, we already have such premium videos on YouTube.

Note: Blocking YouTube video ads is impossible

Needless to say, these video ads cannot be blocked. The old trick to skip videos ads by reloading the webpage no longer works. YouTube is also pushing regional language ads on videos I frequent.

There’s also no way to pause these video ads.

I am not against these ads, but whenever I don’t feel like watching them, I simply mute the sound and let the ad run.

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Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!

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James Donahue March 23, 2013

I do believe that after this, I think that it will be both a long ad before a video that you have to watch in full, PLUS multiple commercial breaks.

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