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Happy Birthday, YouTube! Now, Go Make Some Money

Google's fast-growing YouTube turned 7 on Monday. The world's most popular video-sharing website has come a long way already, but there are few things that can turn YouTube into a monster moneymaker for the world's most valuable Internet company.

Why Netflix Will Never Be Great Again

There were a few positives in Netflix's quarterly report Tuesday, but the stock fell 14% thanks in part to mixed results and uninspiring guidance. But the real reasons investors fled are more complex -- and disturbing.

For Netflix Streamers, the Starz Go Dark on Thursday

Don't be surprised if Netflix subscribers are on cinematic binges right now. Many of the most popular movies available via its streaming service will be going away on Thursday when its deal with Starz expires and roughly 1,000 movies go offline.

Suddenly, Amazon Doesn't Love Its Moms Anymore

Once upon a time, Amazon.com loved moms. Its free "Amazon Mom" service offered the same free two-day shipping as Amazon Prime, plus heaps of extra benefits for anyone who thought to ask for them (even dads and cousins.) But no more: Mothers' day is over.

DVDs Are Dying: Can Anything Rescue Hollywood?

DVDs -- and even their more modern Blu-ray siblings -- are gradually fading to black, as VHS and LaserDisc did before them. Movie studios have seen this coming for some time. Problem is, it's part of a bigger trend they may not be able to overcome.

Would You Pay $1,499 for an Apple Television?

A Best Buy online survey is asking participants how they would feel about a 42-inch HDTV from Apple. The specs it describes are impressive. But at $1,499, Apple's plan to revolutionize the way we watch TV could be priced out of the market.

Verizon-Redbox Deal Adds to Online Video Choices

Verizon and Coinstar are joining forces in a new Internet streaming video venture built around Redbox's DVD-rental kiosks. Details are sketchy so far, but it will bundle streaming and DVDs, and it'll probably cost less than dominant player Netflix's service.

Unlimited Data Plan Isn't as Unlimited as You Think

Active smartphone users better get used to an ugly buzzword: throttling. AT&T has begun slowing down the most voracious 5% of its data users. And while cell carriers may feel they have to push back against the bandwidth hogs, the customer response may be more than they bargained for.

Netflix Tells Amazon: 'Been There, Done That'

An online giant sees its margins contract as it replaces physical delivery with digital delivery. Revenue's growing. Profitability's shrinking. It may even post an operating loss during the next quarter. Not many months ago, this was Netflix. Now, it's Amazon.com.

Is Amazon About to Repeat Netflix's Big Blunder?

Amazon.com may be gearing up to start charging for the unlimited video streaming service it now includes free with Amazon Prime. Sound familiar? Of course it does -- just rewind a few months to a summer that Netflix would certainly prefer to forget.

5 Things You Need to Know About Netflix Right Now

Netflix impressed skeptical investors with better-than-expected results on Wednesday night. If you want to know why the stock rallied on the news but you don't want to get your hands dirty by scouring the report, here are your answers.

Why Does Wall Street Hate Netflix?

Just six months ago, consumers loved Netflix for its all-you-can-eat video services, and investors did too. These days, after a series of customer-aggravating missteps, the dot-com darling has become a dot-com dud on Wall Street. But are the analysts right to be so down on Netflix?

2012: The Year Web- Connected TVs Take Over

No segment of the electronics industry better highlights the challenges of these times than the television business. With sales of standard TVs flagging, the industry is pinning its hopes to new models TVs equipped to handle Internet streaming, WiFi and more.

Netflix's New Goal: Rule Britannia, and Ireland Too

Netflix hopes its latest move doesn't turn out to resemble a British comedy. The video buffet operator introduced its streaming service in Ireland and the U.K. on Monday. And while overseas expansion is old hat for Netflix, this time, the challenges are bigger.

Will Apple's iTV Be the Kiss of Death for Netflix?

Apple and Netflix have gotten chummy lately, but that may be about to change. When Apple brings out its soon-to-appear next-gen HDTV, there's no question it'll have all sorts of clever high-tech goodies. What is a question is how it will serve up video content.

Disney Comcast Pact Is a Mickey Mouse Deal for Subscribers

Comcast just signed a major new deal with Disney that will give subscribers to the country's largest cable provider access to a ton of content across a range of devices -- not just TVs. Of course, those customers are sure to end up paying for it in higher cable bills.

Really Mobile Quarterbacks: Super Bowl to Be Streamed

Forget the screen pass. When Super Bowl XLVI rolls around in February, you may find yourself calling an audible for a stream pass instead. The NFL is making its biggest game available as a legal stream for the first time ever.

Apologetic Netflix Gives Holiday Gift to DVD Watchers

Netflix wants to thank you for your loyalty. The beleaguered video rental giant is offering subscribers to its DVD plans an extra disc this month. No catch, no bait and switch: Just a straight good will gesture after a year of missteps.

Score! NFL to Grab $7 Billion a Year in Broadcast Deals

The NFL has something broadcasters lust after: a reliably strong source of ratings. So as its football games migrate onto smartphones, iPads, and anything else with a screen, its no surprise that CBS, Fox and NBC -- not to mention Sirius, Westwood One Radio and Verizon -- are all lining up to pay billions to carry them.

SpongeBob's Big Problem: An Ocean of Streaming Video

The yellow fellow who lives in a pineapple under the sea -- and all his Nickelodeon pals -- are suddenly getting kicked in the SquarePants by the on-demand video revolution. Can Viacom adjust the new order of children's entertainment before Nick's ratings sink to the ocean floor?

Is Amazon Prime Preparing for a Price Hike?

Amazon Prime is a bargain for active online shoppers: For $79, they get unlimited two-day shipping of Amazon merchandise, and a host of other digital goodies. But as Amazon keeps tacking on freebies, can it stick to that price?

Take Either of 2 Tablets and Call Me Christmas Morning

At $499 and up, Apple's iPad may not fit in your holiday budget. But how about $199 or $249 for a slightly smaller, full-featured gadget? Barnes & Noble has its Nook Tablet; Amazon has the $199 Kindle Fire. Decisions, decisions ...