People liked the large-sized player, but they were still overwhelmed with the amount of information shown along with the player.
Even though this design was simple, people did not understand how to use it. The lack of a navbar on top threw most people off.
People really liked this layout. All the critical pieces of a TV show (description, episodes, extras, etc.) are neatly laid out. But they absolutely rejected the idea of it being a popup. A design similar to this was rolled out by Netflix recently.
Because of the immersive layout and a larger image on top, this design became an instant hit. The lack of a player did not bother people at all. Once you click on the play button, you are taken to a large player.