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(Pocket-lint) - Disney+ subscribers have the choice to watch 19 seasons of The Simpsons in the original 4:3 aspect ratio, or the remastered 16:9 aspect ratio.

When the video streaming service first launched, The Simpsons animated show was only available to watch in a remastered 16:9 aspect ratio. This literally cut out some visual jokes, as parts of the top or bottom of the frame were no longer visible. Therefore, following complaints, Disney re-released the show in 4:3 so that everyone could watch the show as it first aired.

Here's how to select which version of The Simpsons you want to watch.

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How to watch The Simpsons in 4:3 (original aspect ratio) on Disney+

To watch The Simpsons in the original 4:3 aspect ratio, you need to switch off the remastered aspect ratio, as it's the default setting on Disney+ for The Simpsons. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open Disney+ on your device
  2. Go to The Simpsons page. (Using a web browser? Then follow this link.)
  3. Select the Details tab.
  4. Look for a "Remastered Aspect Ratio" toggle.
  5. When this toggle is disabled, you'll get The Simpsons formatted to 4:3.

How to watch The Simpsons in 16:9 (remastered aspect ratio) on Disney+

The remastered aspect ratio for The Simpsons is the default setting on Disney+. But if it's off for you, follow these steps to switch it on:

  1. Open Disney+ on your device
  2. Go to The Simpsons page. (Using a web browser? Then follow this link.)
  3. Select the Details tab.
  4. Look for a "Remastered Aspect Ratio" toggle.
  5. When this toggle is enabled, you'll get The Simpsons formatted to 16:9.

The aspect ratio toggle should be available on all devices that support Disney+. Keep in mind that The Simpsons went to a widescreen format and high definition during its 20th season, which means all episodes after that are only available to watch in 16:9.

Writing by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published on 29 May 2020.