Youtube player goes widescreen (16:9 aspect) by default

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Full of Win, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. Full of Win macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple

    From their blog...

    Over the years we've heard a lot of feedback from you about what you'd like to change about YouTube, and the size of our video player is always top of mind. That's why today we're excited to announce a bigger YouTube player.

    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.

    As always, we welcome your feedback and encourage you to share your thoughts with us on this exciting, new change happening for all videos on YouTube.

    Have fun watching!
    The YouTube Team
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    yea, before the videos had such bad quality...
  4. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    I noticed this last night when I went to watch a commercial on YouTube. I like it.
  5. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    I believe there's a reason for this change: the very strong possibility that YouTube may soon be hosting widescreen programming from the broadcast and cable companies.
  6. Tom B. macrumors 65816

    Tom B.

    Mar 22, 2006
    An excellent change. Hopefully this will convince more people to cease filming anything in archaic 4:3 and join the rest of us here in the 21st century.
  7. iDAG macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2007
    Athens, Ohio
    A much welcomed change in format. That was really my only problem with YouTube in the first place...
  8. XianPalin macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2006
    I like it. My only problem is that I'm so used to the other sites (hulu, etc) that use widescreen all using a "newer" skin / feel to the app, with stuff like chapter markers, etc on the progress bar. Since it's widescreen but still has the Youtube classic look to it, it feels like less of a step forward. However, I understand that it'd probably alienate a lot of people if they suddenly changed the skin as well as the screen size.

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