Display video top of Y axis (rather than centre of display)

I would love to have an option to display the video file at the top of the iPad (ie no black bar at the top). Since none of the iPads are 16:9 aspect ratio, we have black bars. It would be awesome to shift the video aspect ratio (16:9) to the top of the iPad display (not changing the aspect ratio, but shifting where the video is displayed on the screen)

I can see two areas this woud be beneficial:

  1. Watching content in bed, meaning you dont have to look so far down, and thus easier / more comfortable
  2. While using on an aircraft. If resting on the tray table its not comfortabe to watch.

Even having an option to display it at the bottom (rather than Centre [current] or top [my suggestion]) may be benneficial to other users, depending how they use / mount their iPads.

Suggestion showing video at top of iPad Y axis (white bar below video is showing the difference where the video was):

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Here’s my use case: When watching video on iPad, I’m often sitting up, with the iPad on my lap, or laying down, with the iPad on my chest. But the video is always centered on the iPad screen, with black bars above and below it (black bars that aren’t part of the video’s own letterboxing, to be clear). It would be a lot easier to watch the video if I had the option to adjust the playback area vertically so that I could move it all the way to the top of the iPad screen. That way, all the black space would be on the bottom of the screen, and none on the top. I wouldn’t have to lower my head so much (sometimes having to tuck in my chin uncomfortably when laying down), and I’d have a larger area to hold the iPad at the bottom of the screen, without potentially covering up parts of the video. Please consider this enhancement. Thank you!