What’s Next for Video Players: Chromeless, Plug-ins, Extensions

Big rectangular screen, controls along the bottom, triangular play button, some kind of timeline. The fact that video players look mostly the same doesn’t stop every platform from making its own (see a collage of five control strips below).

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But we’re seeing some ways that video players are evolving. Developers are finding creative ways to give viewers more options, both with the permission of content owners and without. Meanwhile, content owners are finding ways to better keep track of their videos without too much negative impact on user experience. Nobody seems to be talking about any drastic changes (like, say, a single standardized video player for everyone), but these little tweaks may well go a long way.

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