What do you think about TED's ads by force? (Sarcasm)
TED offers a free inspirational talk and you love the topic, the presentation is interesting, the facts are methodically placed one after another building in excitement to a wonderful crescendo towards the finale, then BAM. Just before the end, the door is slammed shut, the lights are turned off and the show is rudely interrupted by a TED commercial. Sound familiar? Many have complained for months but it appears this is no bug, this is intentional. You are forced to watch the commercial OR delete the whole browser and start again.
As per George Riley in statement below:
Why haven't we solved this yet? Because we can't reproduce it purposely and it happens 0.14% of all video playbacks. Granted, there are times when network or server issues at Level3 can increase this rate significantly, but that is the consistent rate. Additionally, the framework we are currently using for our video player makes this a hard problem to work around.
Good news is that we believe we have worked around the issue in the new player - coming soon to TED 2.0 (see http://hello.ted.com for details)
Thank you George and Fritzie for answering my question and I will end the conversation here as the answer is coming soon to a newer, faster, better TED near you!
Closing Statement from Keith W Henline
Well I waited and the solution I found is worst than the problem! The solution is a small media window in the middle of your display, now they have room for commercials all around the media window, top, bottom, and both sides. If that is not enough they can still overlay the whole screen with a commercial like they are doing now. Some solution!