YouTube Tests a Black Player

A few readers spotted a new YouTube player with a redesigned control bar that uses a black background. The current control bar doesn’t stand out so that you can focus on the video you are watching.

A YouTube user says that he “would really appreciate a way to go back to the normal player, with its more obvious progress bar and less ugly/hyperactive popup controls”. I really like the bigger pause button, but YouTube should also change the action buttons below the player to better integrate in the new design.

{ Thanks, Josh and Jon. }