I use Firefox and the uBlock Origin addon as my default browser setup. It works great…except for on youtube. I used to use it happily for youtube with all Ads blocked, but two recent youtube changes made me have to use a different browser and extension, just for youtube.

  1. Firefox users started noticing degraded performance on youtube vs when they viewed youtube with Chrome.

  2. uBlock Origin users in Chrome and Firefox appear to be being targeted with an intermittent covert punishment of having any videos above 360p throttled so that they buffer heavily.

So my current approach, just for youtube, is Chrome with Clear Skies ad skipper extension which gets me good performance and no ads.

What is your setup for youtube without ads?

I’m also interested in youtube alternatives, especially for music.

  • Bebo
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    4 months ago

    I’ve had zero issues watching YouTube on Firefox with ublock origin. Not one warning received,no performance issues.

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      4 months ago

      It depends on where you live, in Europe ad blockers NEEDS to be allowed on such platforms, i would guess he lives outside and gets punished for using a more open browser

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      4 months ago

      I am in the U.S. and with no change on my end (Firefox w Ublock Origin) I suddenly began getting all the ads. I noticed it would only happen when I was logged into YouTube/Google though. Creating a new account solved the problem for me with no change to the browser.

      Maybe they only roll out their Ublock bypass to select groups of users at one time. Perhaps this is part of some kind of testing?

      I’ve also been told that if you have any other browser extensions installed, the Ublock Origin on Firefox trick may not work.