The showinfo parameter, which indicates whether the player should display information like the video title and uploader before the video starts playing, is also being deprecated. Following the change, the channel avatar and video title will always display before playback begins, when playback is paused, and when playback ends. The avatar being displayed is new behavior that will be consistent across all embedded players.
These changes will become effective on or after September 25, 2018. After that time, the showinfo parameter will be ignored. —Google
It’s OK in a larger embed. But when you look at it on an index page, it takes up 20% of the height.
A Vimeo account at their Plus level ($7 a month) lets you control this. I haven’t subscribed, but here’s what the same video looks like on that platform.
Google’s description is a little deceptive. The avatar and title also display when your cursor is over it. Vimeo’s actually does disappear when playing, and you don’t have to mouse-away from it.
But isn’t my wife beautiful? Life is good.
If a video is a reasonable size, I can just upload it here; but there’s not a huge amount of space available through my hosting plan.