YouTube gets a redesign aimed at large screens, still not there yet

YouTube has announced the rollout of its redesigned website with a cleaner look, aimed at easier discovery and management of playlists.

The new YouTube makes use of Google’s card-based design language seen on Google search, Google+ and the various mobile apps such as Google Now. The content is now presented in a center-aligned manner, additionally, the sidebar is hidden by default in order to get a cleaner interface while watching videos.

According to the YouTube blog, the website redesign aims at making it easier to view and manage content from playlists across the site. The guide now has all of the user's personal playlists in addition to the ones from other subscribed channels. Editing playlists is also said to be easier through a page created for the user.

Although YouTube developer, Yining Zhao, has mentioned that the new design of the website fits "neatly on any screen size,” it has been observed (see gallery images) on monitors with large resolutions, that the video view looks rather unappealing as there is a lot of white space around the player. Of course, this is still somewhat better compared to the previous version where all the white space was pushed to one side of the screen. Users with monitors using resolutions less than 1920x1080 may not notice much of a difference.

The redesigned website has already been rolled out worldwide and users can check it out for themselves.

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The YouTube Feather mode broke for me with this update, at least in Firefox. Kind of funny since Feather is developed in-house. Disabling Feather helped, but I liked it.

Damn!! This kind of ruins the "Youtube Player Resize" extension for Firefox.

Wish Youtube would take hint from this extension & just put a "resize gripper" on the side of the window by default.

I like the fact that the playlists are somewhat more visible in the guide, but I can't help but feel that the old design was a bit better.
The new one definitely looks cleaner and all that, but I preferred the "search for channels" method of finding my subscriptions in the sidebar, rather than the cascading menu that has been implemented now.

I would love for them to add a dark theme (hell, I'd like any site to have a dark theme as an option). For me, Cosmic Panda was still the nicest redesign, even if it never actually got out.

Crappy no matter what! 1. Why is the sidebar hidden while i'm watching a video on a wide screen monitor? How to keep it always shown? 2. Why are my liked playlists showing up under playlists? 3. Some of my playlist videos that were deleted cannot be removed from the playlist. 4. How to hide the Google+ icon on my about page?

Sigh. I don't complain much about redesigns, since you typically just forget how the old one was anyway, but...

Like the Twitter tweak recently, more <center> elements that aren't the same width. God that is sloppy. Elements just floating around at random widths... bugs the hell out of me. At least Facebook manages to keep orderly columns. YouTube, on my monitor, now has the large bar at top with the search box left justified, the Google menu right justified, the video centered beneath, and the comments/other videos in an element about 100 pixels wider beneath it. And the slightly off-white background just makes the video floating in nothing. WTF?

Oh, forgot the most annoying thing, the subscribed channels bar on the left no longer being there, having moved to drop down. Rawr.

They need to worry more about having the videos play at all from IE 11. I have to constantly change my user agent string to IE 10 just to get the freaking pre-roll ads to play. Until YouTube gets its money from the ads playing, my browser is held hostage and I'm left staring at a black rectangle.

Still a ####ing mess in firefox,, the page does not scale properly and portions of the site our in the wrong place. still have to click multiple times to get the resolution I want and still no way to default the resolution for videos. Youtube is horrible as far as site use and interface.

For a company that builds 'touch' OSes, they have no connection with how to design a site for touch devices. I'm not talking about browser touch features that Chrome does horribly with, but just the basic layout and size of the player controls. The 'ad' controls are even more insane for touch users.

The site is still stupid about buffering and bandwidth, even with HTML5 content that should just use adaptive streaming.

It is almost like YouTube stopped evolving when Google bought it, and things that should have been updated or added like HTML5 video are still 'experimental/beta' forever. Maybe if they didn't spend a year integrating Google+ into YouTube, they could have fixed the issues with video content and how it plays.


Mobius Enigma said,
For a company that builds 'touch' OSes, they have no connection with how to design a site for touch devices. I'm not talking about browser touch features that Chrome does horribly with, but just the basic layout and size of the player controls. The 'ad' controls are even more insane for touch users.

The site is still stupid about buffering and bandwidth, even with HTML5 content that should just use adaptive streaming.

It is almost like YouTube stopped evolving when Google bought it, and things that should have been updated or added like HTML5 video are still 'experimental/beta' forever. Maybe if they didn't spend a year integrating Google+ into YouTube, they could have fixed the issues with video content and how it plays.


I don't see much point focusing too much on touch interface because >95% of phone and tablet device users use the native app anyway.

Sirtuin said,

I don't see much point focusing too much on touch interface because >95% of phone and tablet device users use the native app anyway.

This isn't entirely true.

Users encounter more embedded YouTube videos from other sites and other Apps, rather than going to YouTube or the YouTube App.

If only the subscription page had this tiled layout, it would be far more usable if it did. Until they fix that i'll stick with my firefox extension "youtube subscriptions grid 1.8" to fix this.

I looks the same to me just wider, it's hardly a radical change. I would like to see the ability to unify the annotations so that people cant put them all over the place or have an option to remove them permanently when viewing vids.

It still takes multiple clicks to get rid of all the annoying annotations and still doesn't default to an HD resolution. How about getting the basics right before mucking around with gimmicks like this Google?

jakem1 said,
It still takes multiple clicks to get rid of all the annoying annotations and still doesn't default to an HD resolution. How about getting the basics right before mucking around with gimmicks like this Google?

I hate annotations so much. They can be useful when used properly but people just want to plaster useless stuff all over their videos for some reason.

jakem1 said,
It still takes multiple clicks to get rid of all the annoying annotations and still doesn't default to an HD resolution. How about getting the basics right before mucking around with gimmicks like this Google?

It doesn't default to HD resolution because not everyone has a lot of bandwidth...

I use Magic Actions, which allows you to increase the size of the video, disable annotations, specify the resolution (e.g. 1080p) and has numerous additional features for the comments section. It makes YouTube much more pleasant to use.

PS - It doesn't default to HD to save costs on bandwidth. It has nothing to do with people not having enough bandwidth.

perrypetri said,

It doesn't default to HD resolution because not everyone has a lot of bandwidth...

It would be trivial to detect bandwidth and simply default to HD. Alternatively, don't force me to click multiple times and navigate tiny menus just to switch resolutions and ensure that I can do it before the video starts playing.

If Vimeo can get this right there's no reason why Google can't.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I use Magic Actions, which allows you to increase the size of the video, disable annotations, specify the resolution (e.g. 1080p) and has numerous additional features for the comments section. It makes YouTube much more pleasant to use.

It doesn't look like Magic Actions is available for Firefox and I'm not interested in using Chrome. I'll have to look for an equivalent add-on but I shouldn't have to resort to that for basic functionality.

jakem1 said,

It doesn't look like Magic Actions is available for Firefox and I'm not interested in using Chrome. I'll have to look for an equivalent add-on but I shouldn't have to resort to that for basic functionality.


If you have Greasemonkey, try the YouTube Center script. Otherwise just search the Mozilla Addons site and maybe you can find a standalone extension to do what you want. Even if it seems like basic functionality, at least you have the means to make a workaround instead of waiting forever for Google to get it.

The thing i don't understand is why youtube on my computer default to 1080p HD when in full screen mode. I don't use any addon or script. Are you sure there's not an option for that?

i_was_here said,

If you have Greasemonkey, try the YouTube Center script. Otherwise just search the Mozilla Addons site and maybe you can find a standalone extension to do what you want. Even if it seems like basic functionality, at least you have the means to make a workaround instead of waiting forever for Google to get it.

YouTube Center also has a regular restartless add-on for Firefox. .

Main version: https://addons.mozilla.org/En-...refox/addon/youtube-center/

Developer version: https://github.com/YePpHa/YouT...nter/wiki/Developer-Version

it's never going to make it. youtube is for low quality shaky cellphone videos. not to mention youtube doesn't support devices it doesn't agree with such as the roku for google rather punish consumers that chose a competitor's product than support what kicked the living lights out of google tv.

neonspark said,
it's never going to make it. youtube is for low quality shaky cellphone videos. not to mention youtube doesn't support devices it doesn't agree with such as the roku for google rather punish consumers that chose a competitor's product than support what kicked the living lights out of google tv.

what you have been smoking on.. YouTube is available on many devices... you will have to install/activate in order to use YouTube on your said device. About the video formats, you can change the format to your liking in the settings... I mean you can choose HD or 1080, 720, etc.

I really like this design!! I've used it before while it was in beta and thought it was the best design YouTube has had, so I hope it's kept for longer than 3 months.

One thing I do wish was that on 1080p and higher monitors, videos would go 720p on expanding the video, sort of like when the browser (not the video) is full screened.

Finally! Previous design was the worst ever especially if you're trying to seek for subscriber channel which's so tinny and weird for a sidebar.

Remember sending them feedback one year ago and good too see some changes.