There are many ways to block traditional ads on Firefox (and Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera). However all those methods mentioned previously don’t block ads on videos on streaming websites like Hulu. That is where AdBlock Video comes in.
AdBlock Video is an addon for Firefox (sorry only Firefox supported at this time – no Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Opera support) that blocks video ads on popular video streaming websites like Hulu, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, and more. (I am not exactly sure what consists of the “and more” part because the developer is not 100% specific. I did test it on Hulu, though, and it works perfectly.)
The following is a video that shows AdBlock Video in action (created by the developer):
Pretty cool, no?
At this time AdBlock Video is not available on Firefox’s addon repository (not sure why not), so you will need to download it from AdBlock Video’s homepage. However, while it may not be available directly from Mozilla, installing AdBlock Video is very easy and there is even a video to guide you if you get lost:
As you can see from the above two videos, AdBlock Video is seamless; install it and you are ready to go with no setup required. Really the only things you need to know are
- AdBlock Video works on any computer running Firefox 5 or 6.
- Officially, at this time, AdBlock Video does not work with AdBlock Plus. According to the developer AdBlock Video does not play well with AdBlock Plus’s exclusion lists so you need to temporarily disable AdBlock Plus when you visit a website which AdBlock Video works on. You can reenable AdBlock Plus after you leave that website. The odd thing is, however, even though the developer says AdBlock Video doesn’t play well with AdBlock Plus, AdBlock Video worked fine for me on Hulu without disabling AdBlock Plus. So YMMV.
You can grab AdBlock Video from the following link:
Version reviewed: v1.1
Supported browsers and OS: Firefox 5 and 6 on Windows 32/64 bit, Mac OS X 64, and Linux 64-bit
Download size: 14.4 MB