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One step closer to the living room: YouTube goes widescreen

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It’s interesting to see that YouTube has announced it’s move towards bringing a widescreen format to it’s website. Here’s the basic announcement:

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.

This is not the first time widescreen videos have been spotted on YouTube however it’s a definite shift in that this will be the default format and uploads will be expected to follow in this format, even if it’s not what user’s expect.

A number of sites are talking about how this is just one of a number of moves that YouTube is making to start making inroads into the living room. The availability of higher definition movies, full length movies and live streaming all point in this direction. Many items we live with today have managed to become part of our everyday lives, from intelligent shoes all the way down to Christian books. It seems Google is working hard to make YouTube fit into this category, all they need to do now is improve application availability and make sure the Cloud is always available and I’ll be ready to hook up my TV.

10 Responses to “One step closer to the living room: YouTube goes widescreen”

  1. LadyGrace says:

    Thats crazy! I hate it when I see people playing computer games on their big screen tv! Heck I hate having a big screen tv!! I was happy with just the little box that I could fit on my bed side table!

  2. I am so amazed how technology keeps advancing and companies keep coming up with so many new ways to entertain us!

  3. Bhing says:

    That’s a great news! :) I like it that their format is widescreen.. I love watching my favorite anime shows in Youtube! So that’s pretty cool..

  4. vein says:

    That is great to hear. I love to watch vids online and Youtube is far easier to use than many of the alternatives.

  5. Sadie says:

    It always amazes me at how much technology changes so quickly. Before we know it we’ll be living in what the movies looked like when we were kids. :p

  6. Mark says:

    Thanks for letting me know about this. Here in the UK a lot of people are now watching TV via the internet as they do not have to buy a TV licence to do this! Technology is advancing so quickly its hard to keep up!

  7. Julie says:

    I didn’t even realize this was happening until I uploaded a new video last night. I was THRILLED, it looked so COOL!

  8. Diane Scott says:

    Not only do I thank you for the YouTube widescreen update, but you also provided the inspiration for my post today :) A huge thank you!

  9. Maureen says:

    I feel like I’m always running to keep up with technology. I’ve noticed that YouTube videos are shown on the news (for one thing or another) almost nightly. YouTube is watched more than TV at this points statistics show…

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