How to Block Online Video Streaming

Blocking Standard Video Types

To block video streaming in sites that use standard type headers (e.g.: FLV, MPEG, MP4..etc), open 'Monitoring Settings', go to 'Content Types' under 'Internet' and check 'Block flash' and 'Block all video types'. This blocks video streaming, video downloads and as a side effect blocks flash games and most flash (video) ads.
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Blocking online video
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Blocking online video streaming. (Click to enlarge)
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Blocking video streaming by content type means web pages with embedded videos will not be blocked (unless these pages are on the blocking list or if they have a blocked keyword).
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A blocked video
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Only videos are blocked. (Click to enlarge)
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Blocking Binary Streams and HTTPS Websites (e.g.: Youtube)

For websites that transmit videos in a binary format there are two blocking options:

1. Blocking the video streaming server URL: video streaming websites usually use different URLs for web pages and video streaming. You can find out which URL is used for video streaming from the 'Websites' tab of HomeGuard. Youtube uses two addresses 'googlevideo.com' and 'c.youtube.com. To block them, open 'Monitoring Settings', go to 'Websites' and add 'googlevideo.com' and 'c.youtube.com' to the blocking list, as shown below.
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Blocking Youtube video streaming server
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Blocking Youtube video streaming server.
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Blocked Youtube video
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A blocked Youtube video.
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2. Blocking the entire website: if you can't find the streaming server address or if you prefer to just block the entire website you can add the website to the blocked websites list. HomeGuard will automatically detect and block the HTTPS version of the website as well.
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Blocking Youtube when HTTPS is used
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Blocking Youtube. (HTTPS)