YouTube Goes Widescreen

YouTube announced on its blog that they’re formally changing the dimension and aspect ratio of the standard video player on the site.

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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.

For all videos uploaded in the standard 4:3, they’ll appear inset, but the common 16:9 videos will fill all available space.

Bigger isn’t always better… but in this case, YouTube believe it is.

What do you think of this upgrade? Will this stimulate your viewing experience?