Youtube XL Brings Videos To The Big Screen

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 7, 2010
Updated • Oct 7, 2010
Music and Video, Video, Youtube

If you have ever tried to use Youtube on a big television screen you may have noticed that the controls of the standard page are not that easy to use as on a PC. Instead of fiddling around with the standard controls, Youtube users have the option to access the XL version of the popular video portal.

XL version, what's that again? If you point your web browser to you will see a different layout, optimized for large screens. The differences? Night and day.

Youtube XL displays very large buttons in a sidebar, larger video thumbnails, titles and information in the main area and a big search form on top.

Youtube XL lists spotlight videos by default. Each video box is completely clickable making it easier to load a video. Videos that are loaded make use of a similar optimized interface.

Next to the video that starts playing automatically are several related video entries and five buttons at the bottom to favorite, flag or share the video, display video information and see related videos which is also the default page.

Most controls on Youtube XL change elements on the page without reloading the whole page. This speeds up surfing noticeably. The sidebar on the homepage offers access to several video filters. It is for instance possible to switch from spotlight to top rated or most viewed, and change the time based filter from today to all time or this week.

The more link offers groups of additional buttons that were not included in the main layout. Here it is possible to access several music categories for instance.

Youtube XL supports accounts, and users can login normally. This is a requirement for some features like favoring a video. The settings can be used to change the display language and geography. Another useful option here is the setting to play the next video automatically when the current video ends, which reduces the user interaction further. Oh, and before you ask: Yes, there is a fullscreen option.

Youtube XL can be an interesting option for users who access the video hosting site on large screens.


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  1. Leo said on July 27, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    As much as I like, it’s a hassle to configure and customize. Sticking with mpc-be for now although playback performance is second to none.

    1. owl said on July 28, 2019 at 2:14 am

      You seem to misunderstand the topic.
      This topic is about “mpv”.

      “” is a frontend product that provides its GUI (Graphical User Interface).
      Windows player similar to the “mpv”, with context menu, settings dialog, key map editor and support for C# and Python extensions. media player |
      GitHub – stax76/ 🎞 is a modern media player for Windows that works just like mpv. |

      By the way, I have been a long-time user of VLC and MPC-BE.
      Recently, I found “” at and I am trying it out. I have good feeling on and I like it.
      A look at, a mpv frontend with Everything integration – gHacks Tech News |

  2. Anonymous said on July 27, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    UI is a HUGE part of what makes a program liked by many. Not everyone is interested in Vim-ming every facet of their life.

    This will forever be a niche player for a very specific subset of people.

    1. Anonymous said on July 28, 2019 at 5:51 am

      mpv is a popular project, but it’s unknown among end-users.

  3. fcrs said on July 27, 2019 at 2:51 pm
    1. dark said on July 27, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      SMPlayer is a GUI front-end for MPV.

    2. dark said on July 27, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      Another one is MPC-QT which is similar to MPC-HC/BE. You will have to compile it though.

  4. Gerard said on July 27, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    mpv is a fork of MPlayer. SMPlayer is a graphical font-end for both MPlayer and mpv; users can select either one in the preferences. I can’t see a reason to use mpv without this user-friendly, highly customizable and cross-platform front-end.

  5. Dilly Dilly said on July 27, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I could launch mpc-be and do all these adjustments along with dozens of others within seconds using the convenience of its UI. imo the only thing that could make mpc-be better would be to update its ui to match modern OS, oh and port it to Linux!

  6. ULBoom said on July 28, 2019 at 3:18 am

    I wish there was a version of MPC with thumbnail navigation previews, color management and a contrast/brightness/sat/hue context menu that wasn’t buried. Neither MPC-HC nor BE hit all three.

    I continue to use PotPlayer; VLC is equivalent but the cone is creepy. They both can be customized tremendously.

    Can’t see a reason to use any media player without a GUI. SMPlayer works well, the best mpv version I’ve used. Stock mpv or work fine but the inconvenience is a deal killer.

    Windows Media Player had color controls that could be added to the bottom of the frame, why they aren’t features in every media player, IDK. Vids are all different, some are unwatchable without some tweaking.

    1. schrodingecat said on July 28, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      mpv(and by consequence are already better than potplayer. They are more customizable, more powerful, and extendable. They do what they are meant to which is play/open media files(images, audio and videos). Just because you don’t have a GUI for all the settings, does not mean it’s less functional. mpv is meant to be minimalist by design.

      1. ULBoom said on July 29, 2019 at 9:03 pm


        Really? Not having a GUI absolutely makes mpv less useable. I never said it was less capable. Yeah, it’s pretty clear it’s a great minimalist niche product.

      2. schrodingercat said on July 30, 2019 at 7:15 pm

        mpv has a pseudo-GUI called on-screen-controller, which is meant to make interaction with player easier for new users. goes further ahead and provides a GUI for input and configurations. In the end, the things that actually matter first are playback quality, subtitle rendering and resource usage.

  7. Dr Know said on July 28, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Or just use Potplayer which has proper (and full) customisation.
    No player comes close at the moment (VLC is a few gens behind as usual)

    That said it’s a decent front end for mpv – just lacking against what the best can do

    1. schrodingercat said on July 28, 2019 at 1:56 pm
      Reply is not lacking. On the contrary, it is more ahead than potplayer and vlc. Try learning on how to use it, before you judge it cause it does not have the clicky GUI you see on the other two players. You will be surprised that using mouse and keyboard shortcuts is the way to go. mpv also has lots of customization. There are guides on the Internet showing what you can achieve by just copying files and/or lines of text.

      1. Dr Know said on July 28, 2019 at 11:52 pm

        I have a customised version of Potplayer with many keybinds I find useful.

        Having to trawl through guides to do things is not a good user experience.

        There’s good reasons why GUIs are popular.

      2. schrodingercat said on July 29, 2019 at 1:09 pm

        mpv is a good user experience as you want it to be. The media player is meant to be minimalist by design while being extremely functional. even has a GUI to modify the keybindings.

  8. TINO said on July 29, 2019 at 10:46 am

    How do I disable the volume bar but keep seeing it in the top left corner?

    1. schrodingercat said on July 29, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      Just copy & paste no-osd-bar in the mpv.conf

      1. TINO said on July 29, 2019 at 9:38 pm

        Thank you!

  9. Man said on July 29, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Just so you know, you don’t need the portable_config folder at all, just put the mpv.conf and/or input.conf file in the root folder next to mpv.exe

  10. owl said on July 30, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Your comments are very useful.
    In the official FAQ the unknown usage (practical) is complemented by your comment.
    I just got to know and “mpv” recently, so it’s very helpful.
    At the same time, I also noticed the features of the original (mpv).
    I thank you.

    Please also comment on other Tips (useful techniques) that we should know.

    1. schrodingercat said on July 30, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      Since you asked. Learn how the settings in mpv(or work by using them. My advise is to try slowly changing the configuration. Most of the settings people use are already available in the config editor. Though there are things that are not available in the GUI, and you will be required to edit the mpv.conf and input.conf with a text editor. Always use the manual if you want to know more in depth on how things in mpv work. Use google for anything related to mpv, if you don’t understand the manual. If you want something simple, but don’t know how to achieve it, ask for help in a forum.


      Basic high quality video output profile:

      profile = gpu-hq (goes into mpv.conf)

      Tips & Tricks:

      Discussion and third-party support:

      1. owl said on July 30, 2019 at 11:51 pm

        It is very helpful because the reference point for that is clear.
        Thank you very much!

      2. owl said on August 2, 2019 at 3:22 am

        In response to your comment (Tips & Tricks, etc), I have posted a review about “” on a portal site introducing free software in Japan.

        Postscript in the user reviews – freesoft100 |
        Evaluation and usage of – freesoft100 |

  11. MeH said on August 7, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    The best and most powerful media player on earth is K-Lite Codec Pack (Mega) (Its embeded player is MPC-HC). Other great ones are PotPlayer and SMPlayer. And VLC is too well known to ignore 😉

    1. cibo said on July 30, 2020 at 7:51 pm

      I like MPV the best. Everything I need to do can be done by key binds. No clicking through menus.

  12. Anonymous said on June 14, 2020 at 2:32 am

    i want change spect ratio ? how

    1. harvir said on March 13, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      edit file mpv.conf then type

      reference =

  13. Urajmal said on November 11, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Is it possible to open a file, with other words, to load a file at the startup with a command in config?


    1. harvir said on March 13, 2021 at 4:13 pm

      yes open with Notepad run as administrator

  14. Anonymous said on July 20, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you, this helped me with a problem I had with mpv adhering to my OS’s DPI scaling options. I was able to add an exception to the .conf file and now mpv displays my video files in their native resolution

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