Why are video downloader add-ons so popular?

Kirjavainen Tero terkir81 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 09:49:50 UTC 2015


My opinion is that main reason for downloading videos is copyright issues.
Users want to archive videos they like before they get removed.

On Tuesday 09 June 2015 10:34:03 Chris Peterson wrote:
> Firefox users like to download videos. A lot. 15 of the top 40 add-ons
> downloaded this week are video downloaders [1]. With so many downloader
> add-ons, users clearly have a use case that Firefox itself is not
> meeting.. and yet, these downloader add-ons must be pretty lousy if
> there are so many copycat add-ons and no clear winner. Some non-AMO
> downloaders include adware or malware.
>
> Could Mozilla implement this popular feature in Firefox itself? As Flash
> video is replaced by HTML5 video, the browser has direct access to the
> video streams. Unfortunately, YouTube's Terms of Service [2] say:
>
> "You shall not download any Content unless you see a “download” or
> similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content. You
> shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display,
> sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes
> without the prior written consent of YouTube or the respective licensors
> of the Content."
>
> Why do users want to download videos? Some likely reasons:
>
> - to watch videos offline later (time shifting)
> - to watch a video locally to avoid streaming/buffering problems
> - to archive their favorite videos
>
> If Mozilla can't implement video downloading in Firefox, maybe we can
> address some of the use cases that lead users to want to download
> videos. To address the streaming/buffering problems, we could make our
> buffering heuristics more conservative or add a "Buffer Entire Video"
> content menu item. To address the time shifting use case, maybe we could
> implement offline video caching (in such a way that Firefox is caching
> raw video segments, not saving to an MP4 file).
>
>
> chris
>
>
> [1] https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/extensions/?sort=popular
> [2] https://www.youtube.com/static?template=terms
>
> Video DownloadHelper
> Flash Video Downloader - YouTube HD Download [4K]
> Download YouTube Videos as MP4
> Ant Video Downloader
> DownThemAll!
> 1-Click YouTube Video Download
> YouTube Video and Audio Downloader
> Download Flash and Video
> Easy Youtube Video Downloader Express
> YouTube Video Downloader For Context Menu
> FlashGot Mass Downloader
> YouTube mp3
> Video Downloader professional
> Youtube Downloader 4K - Video Downloader
> NetVideoHunter
>
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