Only thing I like about the “new” player is the more specific quality information (like 540p instead of medium). Everything else seems much worse to me.
I don’t really understand who thought it would be a good idea to replace the video player with another one, which looks uglier, makes the videos looks less sharp, has much less functions and in some cases somewhat broken. I’m hoping they do bring back the old player as well, at least until the new one has gotten some much needed updates. Until then I’m sticking with youtube player.