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Dear YouTube Staff,
It has come to our attention (the YouTube users, viewers) that you have recently added a 16:9 widescreen player for YouTube to replace the original 4:3 player. While we, as users, apperciate the concern of advancing technologies, we would like to take a moment and mention two issues about this player which concern us.

The first issue is that a vast majority of the videos of YouTube (that are NOT sponsored) are, indeed, have a 4:3 ratio, instead of the 16:9 ratio. Yes, we are able to view our 4:3 videos in the 16:9 player, however, the 4:3 videos are displayed as "floating" in the middle of the player or containg "black bars" on the sides. Because of this, the videos look very unprofesional and unusual.

The second issue is that, while some people infact DO have access to HD technologies, others (in this case, most of YouTube) do not. To create a video player that has a 16:9 ratio while most of the videos are 4:3 feels very akward for us. It is important to keep the less fortunate people in mind-in this case, those who do not have HD technologies.

As stated before, we, the people of YouTube, apperciate the concern for advancing technologies, and we apperciate the original 4:3 player even more. I have recently viewed comments on the YouTube Blog about the press release of this new feature, and a vast majority of the users wanted one change to this player: an option to switch between the 4:3 player and the 16:9 player, for the types of videos respectively, just like there is an option to switch between high quality and low quality video.

For instance, if a video has a 4:3 ratio, we would like the player to automatically suit that video with the respective player-in this case, the original old 4:3 YouTube player, and when a video has a 16:9 ratio, we would like the player to automatically match that video type, displaying it in the widescreen YouTube player. We would appreciate this feature so we do not feel that we are forced to use a player that everyone cannot use.

In conclusion, we do appreciate the widescreen YouTube video player, however, we would simply like the option to switch between the 16:9 player and the 4:3 player, so the videos could be watched in the respective player.

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