YouTube will no longer discriminate videos with different aspect ratios

YouTube has just announced that the videos with an unusual aspect ratio watched on the desktop – hence on a desktop browser – will no longer appear with black bars. Instead, they will be optimized and stretched to appear bigger.

It does so by removing the default 16:9 frame and optimizing the UI to adjust to different screen sizes. Could this change finally make vertical videos less annoying? (Short answer: No.) Anyway, you can see the difference in the screenshots below.

Before the update and after the update

The change should be gradually rolling out to everyone after being…

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