ABC.com New Player Goes from Mini to Full Screen, but Needs Better Scroll
April 13, 2007 12:11 AM
ABC’s number is up today. So let’s see how the vaunted ABC.com holds up.
I click on the “watch full episodes” link in the middle of the web page, which delivers me to another page saying “Our new video player is here. Awesome sums it up.”
Well, la dee dah. Let’s see about its self-proclaimed awesomeness, shall we?
I hit “launch new player.”
It loads in about 10 seconds. Not too bad.
The experience feels the same – there’s a swooping semi-circle of sorts with jpegs for the shows. Guess which show I pick?
Nope, I resist “Grey’s Anatomy.” I exercise self-restraint. Threw you for a loop, huh? Instead, I pick “October Road.”
I test out the different screen sizes – full screen, big, normal and mini. That’s impressive actually – all the sizes work. How cool is it to have the mini option? It’s just this adorable teensy tiny video screen.
So I like all of this, but…The scroll bar. The fast forward. It never seems like it’s working. I move the scroll bar, but the shadow remains behind where it was, so I’m never sure how far it jumped.