It's time to bring the custom Verge video player back
I used to be supportive of fellow users who requested that the Verge switch to using YouTube for its videos. These users had trouble with playback because the custom player only had H.264 video via the HTML5 object or Flash. So, for those users relying on WebM-only browsers-like Firefox or Opera and not wanting to use Flash, the player didn't work. It also used to be wonky in Chrome.
Now, I have a bone to pick with the YouTube video player. As it happens, this player relies on overlaid ads that only work via Flash. The videos simply will not play in Metro IE 10 for instance, because the player wants to use Flash to show ads. However, YouTube doesn't tell me that. It won't just ask me to open the page in Desktop IE 10. It tells me the bloody video is just not available. It LIES!
I don't like the visual noise of the overlaid ads either. I'd much rather have the pre-roll ads that were there in the custom Verge video player. And thusly, I say:
Dear Verge staff,
Bring the custom Verge player with H.264 HTML5 video and pre-roll ads back and get rid of the YouTube player. Or figure out a way to show pre-roll ads in the YouTube player so that it works without using Flash. Or, simply link to the YouTube player for those who prefer it. Or, show the YouTube player to Firefox, Opera and maybe Chrome, and the custom player to IE & Safari.
The MS nerd.