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YouTube goes widescreen

Clips now shown in 16:9 aspect ratio

YouTube, Google's video-sharing website, will now show embedded video clips in 16:9 aspect ratio rather than the 4:3 ratio that was earlier used.

This means that the viewing width of videos has now been expanded to 960 pixels. Through a blog on YouTube, the developers claim that they made the change to give users 'a cleaner, more powerful viewing experience.'

However, even videos uploaded in 4:3 ratio will be centered on screen and not stretched. This move follows a trend which has already been taken up by other video streaming sites before YouTube.

YouTube widescreen

YouTube has gone widescreen

Also, YouTube developers might have also been influenced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer studio's recent decision to begin uploading full-length feature films on YouTube.

Going widescreen will definitely result in a better 'experience' but whether users will actually take a liking to the change is something that has yet to be seen.

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