YouTube is gradually turning into a replica of your local TV channel. With content comes the old bugbear of commercials or ads. In fact, too many of them seem to be attacking our eyeballs these days. They remind me of the times when F.M. channels really took off in my country – uninterrupted programming and just an ad or two. Now, things are different as they too have gone the way of ads.
Commercials are a necessary evil for bringing all that great content to us. But thankfully when it comes to YouTube, you can find the ways and means to duck the ads which pop-up even before the clip begins to buffer.
Yes, one might say that it’s wrong to dodge the ads because that’s what’s paying for the ‘free’ content, but the Chrome extension we are going to talk about here does not block the ad; it merely introduces a way to skip the commercial and go directly to the beginning of the video. Much like a TV remote which allows you to skip the current channel and come back when the program again starts.
The Chrome browser extension is called – Skip ads on YouTube – No illegal block. (UPDATE: This tool is not available anymore) The name completely describes its functionality. It’s dead simple – While watching a video on YouTube, a small blue icon called the Skip button appears at the top of it. Clicking on it will skip the current commercial immediately and go to the video. You have to manually click the blue button every time the video play nears an ad, but even then it’s worth it.
There is an automatic version of the Skip ads on YouTube extension too, but it’s a paid one and is available on the developer’s site.
This Chrome extension can really save you oodles of time if you are a regular YouTube video watcher as the 30 second commercial skips really add up. Give it a run with a few ad-rich videos and tell us if you find this to be a better option than AdBlock or ScrewAds (which sometimes does not block the ads which come before the videos).