Last updated on September 22, 2017 - Back to blog home page
Accessing Safari 11 preferences a user can manage Auto-Play settings globally or individually for each visited website. Three settings are available:
Blocking autoplay of media content on websites has been a trend for the past few months in the industry. Many browser extensions and settings have come to see the light of day to allow fine tuning and blocking autoplay of media content. We can put this in parallel with the other trend in the industry of blocking advertisement on websites through ad-blockers. The idea behind this trend is to provide users a better web experience when accessing media content, but one can imagine there could be other aspects at stake.
This new Safari 11 feature is Apple way of embracing this trend and has received "quite a warm" welcome from the community. You can find an example of reaction on reddit here.
While we can imagine that some users are going to configure Safari 11 with the "Never Auto-Play" option we can also assume that most users will keep the default "Stop Media with Sound" setting. This means we can still use muted autoplay to start our media content for users that did not opt-in for the "Never Auto-Play" option.
Starting with Radiant Media Player version 4.4.19 we introduced the
mutedAutoplayOnMacosSafari11Plus setting which allow us to automatically opt for muted autoplay of HTML5 video specifically for macOS Safari 11. Older versions of Safari and other browsers will continue to autoplay with audio as
usual (where supported). This new setting allow muted autoplay of content and/or video advertisement on Safari 11+.
As of September 22, 2017, starting a linear video advertisement (with audio) requires a separated (redundant) click for ads to render with the IMA SDK on macOS Safari 11. This is an implementation issue with the IMA SDK related to the "Stop Media with Sound" new feature. This issue does not apply to muted autoplay of video ads with the IMA SDK on macOS Safari 11 which works as intended. We have already escalated this issue to the IMA team and are hoping for a fast solution. Alternatively Radiant Media Player users may opt for our rmp-vast parser which is not affected by this new Safari 11 feature.