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DRM, HTML5 in Firefox. (Use Less Data/Bandwidth) ((Win 8.1)


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#1 Booh-kitty

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 01:11 PM

Browser - Firefox Version 60.0.1 (32-bit)  

OS           Windows 8.1

 

I have a limited data plan.

 

I know Chrome and Opera are good browsers to use if you have limited data; I really want to stay with Firefox.

Can I change the playback settings for DRM and HTML5 content? Specifically the image quality. (Like I can with YouTube videos. 144, 480, 720)

 

I know how to stop it completely. Sometimes, I want to watch HTML5 or DRM content, but it's eating up my data!

 

Other than blocking blocking them all together, (Firefox settings or 'about:config'....'media playback') I have not found a way to change default playback settings. I have not found a plug in or extension for this problem. I don't see anything in Firefox settings to change the image quality of either of these types of videos. 

 

I set my connection to 'Metered' in Windows. From what I understand, this only prevents Windows from downloading updates. If so, that doesn't help at all.

 

The only other things I can think:

 

1_about:config......I'm not comfortable experimenting with things on there without directions.

2_ My graphics card?? Maybe?

3_Some other settings in Windows. 

 

If anyone can help, I would appreciate it SO MUCH!

 

Thank you


Edited by Booh-kitty, 06 June 2018 - 01:16 PM.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 03:31 PM

After posting here, I continued to look for a way to lower the resolution for DRM and HTML5 videos. I haven't found a way to do this. But I did find 2 extensions that help save data. I thought I'd share in case it might be helpful to anyone else.

 

Adblock for YouTube

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/Adblock-for-Youtube/

  • Disables annoying ads that I have to watch for the video starts
  • It also disables annotations

Disable Autoplay for YouTube (HTML5 only)

https://mybrowseraddon.com/disable-autoplay.html

 

This one has been the most useful for AutoPlay videos, especially if you watch a lot of YouTube videos. It is also helpful at some other websites.

  • Disable/enable options in the settings:
    • Embedded YouTube videos
    • JavaScript AutoPlay for embedded YouTube videos
    • AutoPlay for YouTube playlist mode
    • AutoPlay in focused/unfocused tabs

 

If I find any more helpful ways to save data with videos, I will update this post.


Edited by Booh-kitty, 12 June 2018 - 03:44 PM.

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 02:09 PM

Another update for anyone interested.

 

Go to about:config in the browser

 

Set 'media.autoplay' to false


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Posted 07 July 2018 - 06:13 PM

Disable Autoplay for YouTube (HTML5 only) doesn't work anymore.

 

However, I've found a better solution anyway.

 

Bandwidth Hero for Chrome, Firefox and Ubuntu 16. Links for the add-on and directions for Ubuntu 16 are on this page.  https://github.com/ayastreb/bandwidth-hero/

 

    (You have to set up your own data compression service, but it's ridiculously simple if you just follow the instruction at the next link.)

 

After installing the add-on, go to this page. http://moz-extension://92b98742-38cf-45c5-bd80-f93425d2c5c7/setup.html

 

Under 'Installation Guide', click 'Heroku'

You'll see a YouTube video with instructions to set up your own data compression service. There is no audio and no written instructions, but it is easy to follow.


Edited by Booh-kitty, 07 July 2018 - 06:16 PM.

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