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Youtube tests up to eleven non-skippable video ads at a time

In the future, Youtube could force you to watch up to eleven non-skippable video ads before you can play your video.

In a global experiment, the world's largest video portal has tested advertising blocks of up to eleven consecutive video ads. These are non-skippable "bumper ads" that have a maximum length of six seconds per video. In the worst case, YouTube users have to endure over a minute of advertising before the desired video is played.

The non-skippable "Bumper Ads" were introduced back in 2016 as a complement to the longer, after five seconds skippable ads. Three years later, "Non-Skippable In-Stream Ads" was introduced as another ad format with non-skippable video ads up to 15 (and now 20) seconds long.

But with eleven non-skippable videos in one ad unit, Google has crossed a new line that has pissed off many users. After various complaints on Reddit and Twitter, Youtube confirmed to 9to5Google that this was a temporary global experiment that has since been terminated. It remains to be seen whether the number of ads per ad unit will be increased permanently in the future.

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