YouTube goes 16:9 widescreen

The online video provider YouTube is going widescreen, with the wider size allowing clips with the aspect ratio 16:9 to be displayed properly while still accommodating regular 4:3 format.

“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,” according to a message on the website. “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.”