YouTube’s new ‘miniplayer-bar’ lets you read comments as you watch

YouTube is trialling a new ‘miniplayer-bar’ that allows you to continue watching a video even as you scroll down the page to read the (usually terrible) comments. 

Similar functionality has been available through the mobile apps for some time, where you can even browse for new videos to watch without taking your eye off your existing content. However, this is the first time such functionality, first spotted by Engadget, has made its way to the browser experience.

Previously, scrolling down to read the comments would see the YouTube video disappear off the top of the page, which feels very old-fashioned now that we think about.

Facebook has had similar functionality for some time now, allowing you to continue scrolling down its infinite feed without taking your eye off its “dank” memes.

Credit: Engadget

Mobile over desktop

It’s been interesting in recent years seeing mobile apps gradually catch up to, and then overtake the functionality of the desktop experience.

But in a world where more than half of YouTube views now come from mobile, it’s only natural that this experience takes priority.

So far the functionality is in its trial phase, but if it works well it should be more widely rolled out soon.

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