Tuesday, November 25, 2008

YouTube Bulks Up, Increases Media Player Size

Good news for those of us that hate the tiny size of the YouTube media player, YouTube announced today that they have increased the width of the media player to 960 pixels.

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.

As always, we welcome your feedback and encourage you to share your thoughts with us on this exciting, new change happening for all videos on YouTube.

Have fun watching!
The YouTube Team

Looking over the changes the wider profile is nice. It appears as though current videos play at their standard size, so you really don't see much benefit, just gapes on either side of the video. Hopefully newer videos are expanded to take advantage of the larger screen. Embedded videos are still limited to the standard 425x344 size.

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