Disable "Watch on YouTube" link in embedded videos

To the computer gurus of the SDMB…

Is there a way to disable the YouTube.com popup window that appears after you click on an embedded YouTube video? It’s for an internal presentation and I want to keep my users locked onto my internal site.

I’ve googled to no avail, so I’m hoping someone has a trick up their sleeve.

AFAIK, if you want to use them to host your content, you have to put up with whatever redirects, ads, etc. they want to put in. If you don’t like it, your option is pretty much to host it yourself.

That’s what I thought, but I was hoping there was some Javascript trick out there that disabled it. But I’ve been searching for the last hour with no luck. So I think I’ll just have to make do.

If you’re just using it for this presentation, why not host it yourself? Unless there are a whole lot of people to be using it at once, a single video won’t put much strain on your server, and it’s easy to embed players that you can control the appearance of.

I considered that, but these videos are also available through YouTube and I wanted the experience to feel the same for the users.

I don’t understand the problem. I have a couple of sites with embedded YouTube players and I do not get a YouTube pop-up. One example is at


Don’t you need support on the server side if you want to play streaming video?

Sorry if I wasn’t clear, I mean that I don’t want people to be able to click on the video and go to youtube.com

FYI, the embedded videos on that page do pop up the YouTube page if you click it while it’s running. That’s what I think the OP is trying to disable.

One thing to consider is that the links don’t really leave your site, they just pop up a new window with the source YouTube page. If you want the “Look and feel” provided by YouTube, it’s their prerogative to dictate how their content is used on other sites. So that leaves the choice of living with their rules or hosting the videos yourself.

Just popping in to say that I am interested to know if there is an answer to this question. I use embedded youtube clips on our school’s website to make material available to students.
A link to youtube isn’t of any real consequence, but it is preferable to not give the impression of endorsing whatever content may come up.