Maxthon Releases Windows PC Browser Designed To Make Watching Videos Faster

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Browser maker Maxthon has released a browser for Windows PC that is designed for watching videos and includes features like the “AdSkipper,” which lets users fast forward through advertisements without slowing their video downloads.

While Maxthon’s expansion strategy is heavily mobile-based (for example, last year it inked a significant deal with MediaTek that will preload its mobile browser onto more than 100 million smartphones this year), it has continued to make products for PC users as well. These include its first browser for Linux, which was released in March, and new Windows PC desktop browser.

The company says that two-thirds of its users (its browsers reach 100 million unique devices per month) watch at least one video per day, a number close to findings by a Pew Research study that says 78% of adults watch or download videos online. Maxthon’s new video-optimized browser is targeted to them and, of course, may also increase their engagement with the company’s products.

In addition to its ad-skipping feature, Maxthon also claims that its video browser has a more efficient approach to memory management and CPU usage, which means that videos play faster and have fewer stops or lags. Videos can also be pulled out of the browser screen and the whimsical (but potentially useful) “boss key” means that hitting “CTRL +” during playback will overlay a “very boring, work-like-looking spreadsheet”over the video you are watching.

Karl Mattson, Maxthon’s vice president, says that the company originally rolled out its video-optimized browser earlier this year in China, where the ad-skipper feature proved especially popular because the “video to ad ratio for video viewing on the web in China is out of control. We’re talking one minute of advertising for one and half minutes of content.”

From a user perspective, people watching videos using Maxthon’s browser “will immediately notice faster buffering (regardless of connection speed); few to no stall-starts as the http://get tries to catch up with the playback; stability over time (e.g. you can watch a full-length movie on something less than high speed–10 mbps or greater with no stall-starts) and, perhaps most interesting, video fast-forward,” says Mattson.

The browser’s features work best on flash video, with different HTML 5 formats in the works, says Mattson. So it will get the best results with Netflix and Hulu, while YouTube performance depends on your user agent setting on the browser.

Maxthon also plans to release video-optimized features for browsers on all its other platforms, starting with Android, then Mac OS, iOS, Windows Phone, and Linux.





11 responses to “Maxthon Releases Windows PC Browser Designed To Make Watching Videos Faster”

  1. RH Avatar

    Have been thinking that feature is already obsolete and removed? Is it now upcoming or is this news not true? A bit confused right now 😉

    1. Maxthon Web Browsers Avatar

      It’s still there! It’s only available on one version of the browser at the moment!

  2. Ray Li Avatar

    I am very disappointed that Maxthon has not introduced this feature to the latest version of their browser. I watch a lot of Hulu and Youtube videos which makes Ad-Skip an invaluable feature for me. I have saved over 140,000 seconds (24 hours!) from skipping ads! Thank you Maxthon for creating the best browser ever. However, I am disappointed that you guys caved in to advertiser pressure and REMOVED the feature from all later versions. I sincerely hope the feature returns in the future.

    1. maxthon Avatar

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  3. Esther Avatar

    I’m not easily imderssep. . . but that’s impressing me! 🙂

    1. maxthon Avatar

      Thank you for your attention and we are glad that you like our blogs. If you have any suggestion on the content or anything else, please feel free to contact us.
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  4. Louise Avatar

    Can you download videos in maxthon using the phone?

    1. maxthon Avatar

      Thank you for your comment. I think you may mean the resource sniffer and video pop-up/download function, but unfortunately it’s a function only work for PC version browser:(

    2. joshsensabaugh Avatar

      Yes you can download videos on your phone.

  5. henry Avatar

    It is known to be the best way here.

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