YouTube has intensified its efforts against ad-blocker users by introducing stricter measures. Previously, viewers with ad-blockers were limited to three videos, but now the platform further delays video playback by 30-60 seconds. During this time, users encounter a warning against using ad-blockers on YouTube.
Testing New Anti-Ad Blocking Pop-ups
A new version of anti-ad blocking pop-ups is being tested, targeting non-paying viewers who aren’t subscribed to YouTube Premium. This updated alert features a countdown timer in the upper right corner, informing users of the time remaining before an ad starts. Users have reported timers lasting 30-60 seconds.
Push for Premium: Balancing Ads and Subscriptions
YouTube’s push for premium subscriptions continues, as the platform seeks to incentivize users to subscribe. This year, YouTube launched the paid 1080p Premium feature. However, rising subscription costs, reaching $13.99 per month, have led some users to opt out of the Premium offering.
Intrusive Ads Persist
Viewing YouTube without an ad blocker remains a challenge due to intrusive ads, notes NIX Solutions. Users have reported encountering up to 11 commercials before their selected video begins, or facing two 20-second non-skippable ads every two minutes. Despite user complaints, YouTube, under Google’s ownership, maintains its strategy of serving ads.