It would be better for the ergonomy if you would build your movie control bar in a new order.
Most people use their mce remotes for controlling their xbmc.
The fact that the most remotes on the market already give good compatibility for the play, pause, stop, etc (standard actions) need to be noticed.
On the other hand you can see that they have a lots of problems (cant configure them on their remotes) with the special options like video settings / audio settings / make screenshot etc.
So it would be a logic step to give them a better access to these options buy placing them on a direct-access place (2 row mod)
Generally a 2 row structure has futhermore the positive effect that you need lesser button presses (on your remote).
For example if you have a line structure (like now) you have to press left left left left left or right right right right right.
In a 2 way row structure you can press directly down left left / down right right / left left.
This would be a huge step in usability since there are no other skins with such a structure.
If you change it from 1 row x 11 items to 2 rows where the first (upper) row has 6 items:
Back / Rewind / Stop / Pause / Forward / Next
and the second row (lower row) could have the other 5 items.
Think about it. Its defintely worth. But you have to change the position of the running time etc.
Make the silver rings around the play pause etc. button smaller and pls make the symbol larger. IMHO you dont even need the silver ring. This Main Symbols should be a good visual condition, because there are a lots of noobs out there (like familymembers etc.) which only needs a gui which they could see clearly and good.
What about black circles with white sharp-edged Symbols, just no rings. they steal a lots of place for a good visibility, especially if you dont have a projector or if you move with your compact htpc/nettop to your friends home which has a small tv or your garage or.... Just an idea.
Your Weather Plugin just shows 40°F-Degree etc., ...it would be nice if you could integrate also metric values (like 18°C)