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Support streaming to background tabs #17

adrianhopebailie opened this issue Oct 14, 2019 · 3 comments


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@adrianhopebailie adrianhopebailie commented Oct 14, 2019

From web-monetization created by adrianhopebailie: adrianhopebailie/web-monetization#12

It's not clear right now how a browser would decide if it needs to keep streaming money to a tab that is out of focus.

A possible use case is music playing from a background tab.


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@adrianhopebailie adrianhopebailie commented Oct 17, 2019

cc @sharafian @sublimator @justmoon @tobie @marcoscaceres

Any thoughts on this use case?


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@sharafian sharafian commented Oct 17, 2019

The most obvious way to do this would be to ask for permission, but then it's likely every site would ask for it because it would be so lucrative. I'd would say that situation is worse than not supporting this feature, because suddenly having WM gives you a worse experience across the web.

I suppose we could have this as an option that the user can set on a site but the site can't prompt for. Where you can go into the URL bar or the extension menu or the settings or something and allow a site to monetize in the background. The site could prompt the user with instructions if it notices that it's been backgrounded and instruct the user to do this. Not sure if there's any existing features that work that way though. It could be a bit odd.


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@tobie tobie commented Oct 17, 2019

This seems like a v2 feature to me.

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