Is there any user research or testing on the smallest size a 16:9 video could play on a website, where the user doesn't feel it's too small?

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    In pixels? Millimetres?
    – MSalters
    Apr 19, 2013 at 10:38
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    What is on the video? Talking heads? A movie? Text?
    – Kit Grose
    Apr 21, 2013 at 8:28
  • Percentage, too. Apr 22, 2013 at 1:56
  • In pixels I guess as the video will be on screen. The content in them will be sports news and match highlights.
    – Santi
    May 12, 2013 at 23:21

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Where the user doesn't feel it's too small?

This is subjective and would vary by person, age-group, and screen real estate percentage. My assessment is that no one likes to see small video - unless it was in bad quality and watching it in large (or full screen) size would make the video visually punishing.

... OR you were watching a video and working at the same time.

The MPEG-1 Code has the smallest resolution of an NTSC video stream as: 352x240. When converted from a 4:3 aspect ratio to a 16:9 aspect ratio, it becomes 352x198.

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