Jul. 3rd, 2012

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And how much it sucks.

The first thing you'll notice is that the list of new trailers, which used to be above the fold, isn't anymore. In fact, it isn't even on the front page. The site's main feature now requires clicking on the "Videos" link.

But wait, there's more!

The "HD" and "SD" links are completely gone. The site now autoselects based on conection speed. There is no way I can find to select what quality one actually wants to watch at, a feature that is more or less standard for every video website.

Another feature that's standard? The buffering bar. There is no way to tell how much your video has loaded. This isn't new to this design, mind you. They added this the last time they tweaked, something like three or four years back, and despite numerous user complaints, still haven't fixed it. A feature that is standard on any video site right behind "play video" and "volume controls" was removed, and they didn't think to add it back in. This is a feature bleeping JWPlayer, the most bare-bones Flash video player I've seen, still has.

Amazing.

What else? Well, when you do actually get to the Videos, and you hit Next or Back, you get returned to the top of the page. This wouldn't be so bad if the stupid Features spot, as you see above, didn't take up the entire page above the "fold", to use the newspaper term. On the old site, clicking those buttons sent you to the top of the list. Where there were also Next and Back buttons, IIRC. Now, you have to scroll all the way to the bottom again if you misclick. I refuse to believe that mobile browsers can't use the #ID attribute.

Bottom line: the new hotness is actually worst than the old and busted in every single aspect, including the way it tries to be more mobile-friendly. In one of the few ways it isn't, it's just as old and busted as the old and busted.

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