Is it possible to add an option to the HT Feature news widget so that the full post is displayed? We would prefer to show all the content instead of an excerpt, including playing videos right from the main page.
Sorry, there are no plans to include full posts in these listing widgets. This functionality is common on simple blog sites where the homepage tends to be a long list of complete blog posts. We work on the premise that the individual news story should be the single source for the full content; all other templates and widgets that list posts are simply a means to access the full content.
You can feature videos in news by changing the Post Format to Video. This gives you an extra option to place a video URL. Video posts will show a playable video in the feature news listing in place of the large thumbnail image.