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When viewing a television program using any mainstream browser (Internet Explorer/Firefox/Chrome/SeaMonkey/Safari), it constantly pauses unless I have some kind of activity with either the mouse or the keyboard. The browser with the least amount of problems is SeaMonkey, the one with the most is Internet Explorer.

Any idea of what is causing this or how to prevent it? My finger gets rather tired watching a two-hour movie! :-)

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I don't know the actual cause. But if you just need a solution to the blackout, there are some software which moves mouse cursor few pixels automatically and repeatedly, so that you don't have to. – Ankit Mishra Sep 29 '12 at 15:52
Which video-streaming websites or video players are affected by this? – Anderson Green Sep 29 '12 at 17:14
Post your system specs as this will help. – user88311 Sep 30 '12 at 22:20
I'm sorry for the delay – away from my machine for a few days. – greenber Oct 2 '12 at 15:23
Lamb: do you have any suggestion as to what the best "fake-mouse-move" software might be? – greenber Oct 2 '12 at 15:26
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If you just need automated keystroke or mouse movement to prevent the problem, you can achieve this functionality without using any Third Party applications. By using a simple VB Script, a script which will send predefined keystrokes, after specified amount of time. Look Here.

Other Solutions:

  • You can use a simple Autohotkey script which will send Key-stokes or move mouse cursor repeatedly after specified amount of time . Here is one such script.

  • There is a free utility Move Mouse a simple application that simulates user activity. You can either move the mouse pointer, click the left mouse button, send a keystroke, or any combination of the three.

  • Another option is No Sleep, it moves your mouse one pixel to the left, and then one pixel to the right every 30 seconds.

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