What's this called?

You click to go to Salon, say, for an article, or Reuters, for the news. As their page opens, there is a video that begins to show site content or an ad. Often you can click it to stop, or 'X' it in the corner to have it go away, but sometimes it plays on.
The big problem is that when you scroll down to find the particular title or text you were actually looking for-- the Video frame scrolls right down as you go. Sort of 'follows' the reader down the page.

I need to get rid of this in W10, but mainly I need to know what this is called. (I've tried searches like 'disable frame-in-frame' or moving-screen or other terms and no luck).
If I know what it's called, I can search to find how to disable it. (Also should mention: this isn't a standard 'pop-up'. It has sanctioned site material-- news clips or whatever the site is about-- as well as including ads.) I'm using IE11 which doesn't take secondary adblock apps.
What is the 'moving vid screen' thing called, please?
Thanks very much.

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You described it and
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browser is IE 11

I've used IE for over ten years, and would like not to change that. I've found that what MS creates it is eventually forced to fix. But ads and unwanted vids are not glitches, they're intentional.
Is there a 'reader's view' in IE?

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You asked so here's what I used to find out.
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Does your IE have tabs like Firefox? If so, maybe it also has the little speaker icon on the tab, which you can turn off and it will block all sound on that page even without finding the offending ad or video that's playing.

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Well, I could 'mute' very easily too, on screen or on keyboard, but what I don't want--- is the resources of my computer being dedicated to spooling off this mindless unasked-for video, and having the little vid screen go left to right and then stay with the page as I scroll down.

If you're only looking to read text on a site, you don't want your computer working simultaneously to provide some really superfluous video that distracts you as you try to read.

It has to be a complete, browser-wide "disable" command-- you can't start making lists or special arrangements for the sites that do or don't utilize these videos... It just needs to be shut down in the program, for all sites.

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Never found such UNLESS?

There are text only browsers if you feel reader mode isn't good enough. It's still possible to go full text mode with a full text mode browser. This is primarily for blind users but if you want to really move to text only, here you go.

Read about

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fwiw, 'Readers' eliminated in W10 / IE11
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I think I'm lucky
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Reader View

Learn something new everyday. I hadn't noticed that till you mentioned it now. Seems it's been in Firefox since version 38.

Version 38 (ESR)

Both Firefox 38 and Firefox 38 ESR were released on May 12, 2015, with new tab-based preferences, Ruby annotation support and availability of WebSockets in web workers, along with the implementation of the BroadcastChannel API and other features and security fixes.[186]

Firefox 38.0.1 and ESR 38.0.1 were released on May 14, 2015 for desktop, fixing a number of stability issues.[187] Firefox 38.0.1 for Android was released on May 15, 2015, fixing a number of stability issues.[18Cool

Firefox 38.0.5 was released on June 2, 2015 for desktop and Android, fixing bugs and security issues, and adding new functionality that included integration of Pocket and availability of Reader View mode.[189][190] This was the first release offered to the Release channel users since 38.0.1.

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+1 for windot.

Ask a question and folk learn things.

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The ultimate "text only" browser.

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Re: what it's called

Seems like something in a html-page that has an 'absolute position'. That's a position relative to the screen, not to other things in the html-page (then it's 'relative'). That's why it doesn't scroll up with the page, but stays where it is, so it's easy for the reader to see and difficult to get rid of. That's not a problem. That's a feature. explains.

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what it's called

It's a problem. When users are forced into having their valuable screen real-estate cluttered with unwanted video, it's just as annoying as those blinking animated popups were, back in 2oo5 or whenever...
Anyone know what they're called, these moving vid-screens? First step into getting them mitigated is knowing how to ID them in threads and feedback, I think ....?

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If you are feeding back.

You identified them well enough for others to understand. Kees went above and beyond sharing the absolute position feature.

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gotta know what to call it if you're going to get rid of it-

Thing is, if we're always stumbling around saying, "oh, you know, those things -that don't go away when you scroll... they're actually videos, but, you weren't looking for a video... they're popups but they're not really popups" etc etc etc---- we're never going to get rid of them.

Things like a Popup Blocker exist because people started looking for ways to beat popups---- and knew what to call them.

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Re: how to call it

If you want to know what exactly it is, have a look in the html-source of the offending page. It will tell you with 100% certainty.
Can you tell when you found out?

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What it is.

As Kees noted, that's how. But you are working too hard. Folk complained about the popup and follow you video in CNET and you didn't have to call it anything else for moderators to know what you were writing about.

But if you want to read the code, go ahead but I think you're working too hard.

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What it also is.

Advertisers bank on a big lag time between dreaming up some dreadful new "in-your-face" advertisement method--- remember gassing your car on a pump that wasn't talking to you & showing you photos of fast food, etc?---- and people figuring out that it's unpalatable, intrusive and has be eliminated.

These "Internet Of Intrusion" features have to go. One by one by one.
And to risk over emphasis, we gotta know how to call it, in order to call for it to stop.

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Advertising gives you this forum. So about free beer.

Free beer is rarely any good. If you are going to web sites that you don't like, check if they are free.

Somehow the bills must get paid, staff, servers and more cost money. If you want an ad free internet you have to consider going to paid sites since free ones like this forum survives on advertising.

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false to say I'm advocating no advertising

I'm advocating an end to intrusive, sneaky advertising.
And that's obvious throughout this thread.

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Ads, ads everywhere.


I dare you to go to a driver site that doesn't try to get you to install their driver booster rather than just give you the driver. Now that's sneaky.

Here, on the site I see nothing sneaky going on.
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diff between topshelf & bottomfeed

The "stalker" videos are present on what (used to be) meant to be premier, topshelf websites. Time, CNN, Reuters, Salon, etc.
It's the new advertising paradigm, which is: hook them with 'moving picture' content about the topic they just selected/searched, and then when they're accustomed to watching, switch to commercial advertising. THEY WON'T REMEMBER THEY CAME HERE FOR A SIMPLE TEXT RENDITION of the topic they searched. And they'll be sitting here watching tv commercials like docile lambs. Game set match.

I don't like the entrapment vibe of that.

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Since I found reader view to be the kill switch.

Post was last edited on August 2, 2017 2:54 PM PDT

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well, I have Opera installed, and Ms Edge, as all W10 must

I have Opera specifically because it is a lightweight, video-friendly browser [like chrome, but not chrome, in that you don't have to subscribe to the whole googleverse]. For those times where you want the video, as in streaming, netflix, youtube, etc. It doesn't seem to want to get bogged down as much as IE.
Edge I don't know, haven't really tried it much. But I suppose it's worth checking out both of those two, for reader-view features.

The main reason to use Microsoft-all-the-way-thru is for troubleshooting and neverending(ish) system / software updates. It is the biggest for a reason, and the reason is that everyone wants to use the biggest, so they do, and the biggest gets bigger. Also, though-- everyone wants to hack the biggest... which isn't the reason to use Microsoft.

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OK, I have Opera.

And tried my best to share how I deal with Ads everywhere but I think you can invest some time into checking if Opera has a reading mode and can do the firefox trick of reading mode everywhere.

That out of the way I like Ublock Origin.

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Here's what I'm thinking. Element Blocking with Opera.
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If most of what you do is internet related
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Thanks everyone for responses. Plenty to look into here.

If anyone ever hears of what the "travelling vid box" thing is actually called, please post back here?
Thanks again.

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