Whenever I watch a video on my Android tablet (in landscape mode), from any source (e.g. web via Chrome, iPlayer, 4OD, mp4), there are black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. When watching the same video on my laptop, which has the same resolution and therefore aspect ratio, the bars are not there. Android seems to squashing the video vertically making people look shorter and fatter. Why, and how do I stop it from doing this?

  • Sounds like something that can easily be remedied by using another video player app. – Andy Yan Jul 10 '18 at 14:47
  • In which case, please advise me how I redirect streaming video from Chrome, iPlayer and 4OD to another video player app. Thank you. – David Cottom Jul 10 '18 at 15:05
  • Dang, my bad for omitting that part. Of course certain apps take stream links, but yeah I understand not all streams have a link. My apologies. – Andy Yan Jul 11 '18 at 1:31
  • What tablet is it? It does sound like the kind of thing that could just be a bug in the video decoder driver. – Dan Hulme Jul 13 '18 at 8:53

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