Is there a way of disabling auto-play of video in Chrome? Many sites have moved to HTML5 video and so you have ads or featured videos that start automatically playing the moment the page loads.
Starting from Chrome 47, there's a Chrome flag that is used to turn media autoplay on/off:
Disable gesture requirement for media playback.
Disable user gesture requirement for playing media elements. Activating this will allow autoplay to work.
You can see it by going to this link: chrome://flags/#disable-gesture-requirement-for-media-playback;
The default status for the flag is disabled, so autoplay should not work: you should check your Chrome version and eventually update it. I tested with version 47 and autoplay does not work unless you turn on the flag.
Other info here.