They should just have a setting like they used to that forces the videos to the highest resolution automatically.
It's so annoying having to do it manually. I got a script for GreaseMonkey that does it automatically, but it doesnt do it on every video or videos with HTML5.
I also have a script that makes the video page like the old one with the description to the side (it was better that way!) and you can choose which video player you want to use, even the first one but it doesnt support annotations.