YouTube users can now have a cinematic experience after the video-sharing website went widescreen overnight.
The Google-owned provider, which allows users to upload, view and share video clips for free, have expanded the size of the video player so it now has a 16:9 widescreen format.
All widescreen videos will now play in the full frame, but 4:3 videos will show a black border on both sides. The width of the webpage has been increased to 960 pixels to accommodate the change.
All new videos will automatically be played in a widescreen player
The change follows just weeks after Google announced it had teamed by with MGM to bring full-length films to U.S users of the video site.
In the official blog, the ‘YouTube’ team said they were responding to feedback over the size of the 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.’
But many users are unhappy with the change and want an ‘opt out’ option for those who upload standard size videos.
‘The black bars look terrible and most videos for YouTube are filmed in 4:3 as the whole point is not for cinematic quality!’ one user commented.