YouTube has updated their standard web player from the 4:3 aspect ratio to a widescreen format. (All 4:3 videos display vertical black bars on the sides.) YouTube moving this direction is notable since it is the best known and most popular of the online video sites. And along with YouTube’s move towards full-length films (so far, just from MGM), this will allow them to compete more in the Hulu space while maintaining their dominance over other video sharing sites that offer widescreen playback such as Vimeo, Viddler, and Blip.tv.
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