YouTube goes widescreen

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YouTube has officially gone made their design, and their video player, more friendly for widescreen monitors and videos, after announcing that its video player will now be in a 16:9 aspect ratio, ditching its previous 4:3 aspect ratio for it player.

However, those videos already recorded in 4:3 format will receive the dreaded black lines that happens when a video is too small to fit the ratio. But either way, it is a nice improvement – and this should get the HD junkies to watch HD videos on YouTube (and potentially a way to get money for the company).

We’re expanding the width of the page to 960 pixels to better reflect the quality of the videos you create and the screens that you use to watch them. This new, wider player is in a widescreen aspect ratio which we hope will provide you with a cleaner, more powerful viewing experience. And don’t worry, your 4:3 aspect ratio videos will play just fine in this new player.

You can see the experience below: