Recently, a fellow video dude emailed me with a question about YouTube.
“If a YouTube video is embedded on a website, but it’s set to autoplay, will those views count as a hit?”
This is a great question, because you want your hits (read: views) to be recorded, no matter where the video is posted. If a video on your site is getting a lot of love, you really want that to show. But alas, the answer is probably not what you want to hear. While an embedded Youtube video does add to the hit count (once 5 seconds of the video are viewed, as far as I know), a video on autoplay does NOT. What counts is that the play button is hit.
Note, though, that you have your channel set to play one video after another on Youtube, those are counted as views. It’s when they’re embedded on auto play that the views are not counted.
So, I guess you have to weigh the advantages; autoplay gets your video WATCHED, but making viewers hit a play button actually gets you a view count.