Wired PR News.com – YouTube will reportedly give its video player an upgrade to a widescreen format, as reported by PC World. Some state that the change is over due to keep up with content uploading that is more suited for the 16.9 aspect ratio. Videos shown in the standard format will still play fine with the widescreen, but will show noticeable black bars to accommodate for the empty screen space.
Some who’ve welcomed the change view the black boxes as a nuisance. As quoted of one of the site’s blog users in the PC World report, “I love the wide screen, but hate the black sidings (letterbox I think is what it’s called). I think all the old videos should stay at the same old resolution, while the newer ones have wide screen.”
The new widescreen feature is currently only viewable on the YouTube site, and cannot be seen on YouTube players on different websites.