The History of Aspect Ratio

A video on why cinema started with a 4:3 ratio, squashed up a little to fit a soundtrack and create Academy Ratio, went widescreen in many different competing ratios during the 50s and then compromised on 16:9 for digital and HD TV broadcasts.

Many computer monitors are 16:10 and I’d be interested to hear if anyone knows the reason why that ratio was chosen when computer monitors were moving away from 4:3.

Link: The History of Aspect Ratio