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Size Matters for YouTube

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

After a few minutes of confusion this morning, wondering if I had accidentally changed my settings on YouTube, I discovered that they have universally expanded the width of their player and ultimately the page.

Here’s what they had to say on the topic:

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.

Is this YouTube’s latest move in an effort to compete with the higher quality video sites such as Vimeo and Hulu?  The new aspect ratio does make life better for the increasing number of people shooting video in 16.9.

Personally I think its great, the video player was always too small.  Occasionally I found myself squinting to see fascinating videos of Flying Fish.

It also hints at the great things to come as it coincides with the news that MGM will be displaying full length movies on YouTube.

Any thoughts on the new aspect ratio?