Title Pages: Very narrow - lots of wasted space

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The default Title View uses a fixed width which is probably optimized for phones, but which wastes lots and *lots* of space on screens with conventional aspect ratios such as 16:9 or 16:10 etc.

Here's a screenshot which demonstrates what I mean. It shows how IMDb looks like on my very large 4K TV:

http://madshi.net/IMDb_4K.png

I think the problem is pretty obvious, no? It's not as dramatic on my 1680x1050 PC monitor, but even there, the useful information only covers about 1/3 of the screen space. So almost 2/3 of screen space are empty/wasted.

As a result of all this wasted space, the useful information is spread over multiple screen heights and I have to scroll *a lot* to see all the information I'm interested in.

I've 3 ideas how to solve this problem:

1) Either create 2 totally different views, one for portrait type displays like phones, and one for landscape type displays (laptops and desktop monitors).

2) Or partition the whole information into predefined "information boxes" which have a defined width and height each. E.g. one box for the actors, one box for trivia, one box for user reviews etc. And then the website could automatically allocate as many columns as the screen width allows, which are then filled with the predefined boxes.

3) Or even better: In addition to 2) also allow users to define the exact order and placement of the predefined information boxes, so every user can make his own custom IMDb title layout.

I'd love 3), of course, but I'm not sure how much work it would be. I'd be satisfied with 1) or 2).
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Mathias Rauen

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