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The top 9 streaming shows this week, from ‘WandaVision’ to ‘Cobra Kai’

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"WandaVision"
  • Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand original TV shows on streaming services in the US.
  • Disney Plus' "WandaVision" made the list this week, but is still far from catching "The Mandalorian" and "Cobra Kai."
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

After a year-and-a-half absence, the Marvel Cinematic Universe returned on January 15, only this time on television. 

"WandaVision" is now streaming on Disney Plus and is one of the most in-demand original streaming shows in the US. But it still has a long way to go before it catches the top two biggest titles, "The Mandalorian" and Netflix's "Cobra Kai." As episodes release weekly, the show could gain momentum in the coming weeks.

Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand TV shows on streaming services in the US.

The data is based on "demand expressions," Parrot Analytics' globally standardized TV-demand measurement unit. Audience demand reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance. The list is ranked by how much more in demand the top series are than the average TV show in the US.

Below are this week's nine most popular original shows on Netflix and other streaming services:

9. "WandaVision" (Disney Plus)
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Times more in demand than average show: 30.5

Description: "Marvel Studios' captivating new series 'WandaVision' stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision — two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives — begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 97%

What critics said: "She's not the first superhero to be affected acutely by emotional pain; everyone knows that quote about great power and great responsibility. Yet for an MCU project, the choice to focus on Wanda's inner life is revolutionary." — The Atlantic (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered on Disney Plus January 15. See more insights for "WandaVision."

8. "The Witcher" (Netflix)
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"The Witcher"

Times more in demand than average show: 30.7

Description: "Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 67%

What critics said: "The Witcher, for all its convoluted inanity, manages to buck expectations of female characters in a TV fantasy series simply by writing them the way men in the genre normally are." — Daily Beast (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered on Netflix on December 20, 2019. See more insights for "The Witcher."

7. "Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS All Access)
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Times more in demand than average show: 30.9

Description: "After making the jump in the second season finale, season three of "Star Trek: Discovery" finds the U.S.S. Discovery crew dropping out of the wormhole and into an unknown future far from the home they once knew. Now living in a time filled with uncertainty, the U.S.S. Discovery crew, along with the help of some new friends, must together fight to regain a hopeful future."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 90%

What critics said: "The show needs to be better at engaging with those ideas and the show's larger themes if it's going to do right by the characters, the franchise, and the fans." — Polygon (season 3)

Season 3 premiered October 15 on CBS All Access. See more insights for "Star Trek: Discovery."

6. "The Expanse" (Amazon Prime Video)
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"The Expanse" season five

Times more in demand than average show: 32.8

Description: "In different parts of the Solar System, the crew of the Rocinante and their allies confront the sins of their past, while Marco Inaros unleashes an attack that will alter the future of Earth, Mars, the Belt, and the worlds beyond the Ring."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 5): 100%

What critics said: "This moral ambiguity has always been The Expanse's strength, bolstered by a great cast and damned good special effects." — Film School Rejects (Season 5)

Season 5 premiered on Prime Video on December 16. See more insights for "The Expanse."

5. "Titans" (HBO Max)
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"Titans" season 2

Times more in demand than average show: 34.5

Description: "'Titans' follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and lovable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 81%

What critics said: "The show's simply carrying too much baggage at the start and is reaching for a conclusion too long after the ostensible end of season 1 to deliver much in the way of a fulfilling resolution or a promising new beginning." — ScreenRant (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on DC Universe in September, 2019. See more insights for "Titans."

4. "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (Disney Plus)
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Times more in demand than average show: 39.5

Description: "From Dave Filoni, director and executive producer of 'The Mandalorian,' the new 'Clone Wars' episodes will continue the storylines introduced in the original series, exploring the events leading up to 'Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.'"

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 7): 100%

What critics said: "I'm so happy to be writing these words: The Clone Wars is back baby, and it's good! But don't you think for a second that I didn't notice Anakin's longer hair, which is both beautiful and worrisome ..." — SFX Magazine (season 7)

Season 7 premiered on February 21 on Disney Plus. See more insights for "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

3. "Stranger Things" (Netflix)
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"Stranger Things."

Times more in demand than average show: 51.8

Description: "When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 89%

What critics said: "Even while some things go a bit too predictably, the last two episodes tie everything and everyone together in spectacular, emotional fashion." — Dallas Morning News (Season 3)

Season 3 premiered July 4, 2019 on Netflix. See more insights for "Stranger Things."

2. "The Mandalorian" (Disney Plus)
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Rosario Dawson plays Ahsoka Tano in "The Mandalorian" live-action series.

Times more in demand than average show: 68.0

Description: "After the fall of the Empire, a lone gunfighter makes his way through the lawless galaxy."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 94%

What critics said: "We're in an age of TV where so much money can be thrown around and it doesn't work. This is throwing a lot of money at something and it does." — BBC (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on Disney Plus on October 30. See more insights for "The Mandalorian."

1. "Cobra Kai" (Netflix)
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Times more in demand than average show: 101.1

Description: "Decades after the tournament that changed their lives, the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel reignites in this sequel to the 'Karate Kid' films."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 91%

What critics said: "Season three pummels you with enough broad laughs and over-the-top twists to keep you coming back to its televised dojo, no matter how often it backslides into hokum." — AV Club (season 3)

Season 3 premiered on January 1 on Netflix. See more insights for "Cobra Kai."

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Trump’s impeachment trial could be in limbo because he doesn’t have lawyers to defend him

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Outgoing US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump speak to the media depart the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2021. - President Trump travels his Mar-a-Lago golf club residence in Palm Beach, Florida, and will not attend the inauguration for President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Former President Donald Trump has no lawyers to represent him in his 2nd impeachment, CNN reported.
  • Trump's lack of representation could delay the start of his trial.  
  • Many lawyers and law firms are distancing themselves from Trump, who has pushed baseless allegations about the election he lost and stirred up a crowd of supporters on Jan. 6 that ransacked the US Capitol.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The start of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the US Senate could be held up due to the ex-president not having any legal representation to defend him, CNN reported.

On January 13, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump on a charge of inciting the January 6 pro-Trump violent insurrection on the US Capitol. The network said that the House could send over the articles as soon as Friday, but it's unclear when the trial would start if Trump has no defense team. 

The Senate, divided between 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats, now has to manage a delicate balancing act of holding hearings and confirmation votes for President Joe Biden's cabinet nominees while conducting an impeachment trial. 

Read more: Joe Biden's Cabinet-in-waiting: Tracking nominees for key roles like Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury and more

A number of prominent conservative attorneys who previously worked for Trump and big law firms are now distancing themselves from the ex-president over his role in spreading false conspiracy theories about elections and then inciting the riot on the Capitol, Bloomberg News reported on January 14.

Bloomberg said that many of the attorneys who represented Trump or assisted in his defense for his first trial, including former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, his former personal attorney Jay Sekulow, former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, and former Trump senior advisor Eric Herschmann, either declined to represent Trump this time around or expressed no interest in doing so. 

Law firms including Porter Wright and Snell & Wilmer dropped their representation of Trump's campaign in various post-election lawsuits after a public backlash, with big-name law firm Jones Day also publicly distancing itself from Trump.

Another prominent conservative attorney, Cleta Mitchell, resigned from the firm Foley & Lardner after she participated in a phone call where Trump pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn the results of the state's presidential election results. 

Read more: Trump didn't pardon himself. Here's the massive tsunami of legal peril that now awaits him.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney who represented the president in some of his lawsuits challenging election results in the wake of the November 3 election, said that he can't represent the president at his trial because he qualifies as a witness to the events. Giuliani spoke at the pre-insurrection rally in Washington, D.C. - and urged "trial by combat," which he later said was a reference to "Game of Thrones" and not a suggestion to commit violence, as happened in the riot that immediately followed the rally.

Bloomberg said that some of the names who could defend Trump include GOP Reps. Jim Jordan and Elise Stefanik and controversial conservative attorney and law professor John Eastman, who represented Trump in an amicus brief to a lawsuit in the Supreme Court from the state of Texas seeking to invalidate and overturn election results in several battleground states. The court declined to hear the case. 

"I think it's reflective of where Trump's own status is these days in which he has relatively little to offer and people don't want to be associated with him generally," Keith Whittington, a professor of political science at Princeton University told Bloomberg. "The fact is he's not going to get the A team."

It is unclear whether Trump, who departed to his home in Florida on Wednesday, would return to Washington for the trial. Trump himself did not testify at his first impeachment trial, when the Senate acquitted him on two charges of abusing his office and obstructing Congress. 

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A Tesla Model 3 caught fire in Shanghai after its battery was damaged, Chinese media report

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Teslas have been known to catch fire after trauma to their batteries.
  • A Tesla Model 3 burst into flames in a Shanghai parking garage Tuesday, Chinese media reported.
  • Tesla said it was likely caused by an impact to the car's underside, where the battery is located. 
  • Teslas have been known to catch fire after a crash and, occasionally, seemingly spontaneously. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

A Tesla Model 3 sedan caught fire in a Shanghai parking garage on Tuesday, Chinese media reported

Nobody was injured in the blaze, Tesla's China office told local media, adding that it would cooperate with a fire department investigation and the owner's insurance company. 

According to the driver's account and a preliminary examination of the car, the electric vehicle maker said the Model 3 likely caught fire after something damaged its undercarriage and battery, Chinese media reported

According to the Xinmin Evening News, the Model 3 first caught fire as it entered the underground residential garage, The driver and a security guard at the community tried to put out the small fire with a fire extinguisher, but they eventually called the fire department after the fire spread, the outlet said. 

Photos from the scene show that the incident destroyed the car, leaving behind a charred metal shell with no interior or windows. 

Chinese EV battery supplier CATL told Chinese media that the Model 3 that burst into flames was not equipped with one if its batteries. 

Read more: New Tesla employees share salary ranges and interview questions from the 'insanely fast' hiring process for Elon Musk's Gigafactory near Berlin

Tesla's vehicles have been known to catch fire in collisions or after an impact to the underside of the car, where the battery pack is located. Trauma to the battery pack can interfere with its cooling functions, causing it to overheat and ignite. But crashes also cause internal-combustion cars to burst into flames on a regular basis.

What's more unusual is that Teslas have also caught fire or exploded seemingly completely spontaneously - just sitting in a parking garage or on the side of the road. 

In November, a Model S in Texas suddenly started shooting out flames "like a flamethrower," its owner told The Washington Post. In 2019, a Model S seemed to spontaneously combust in a Shanghai parking garage. 

Incidents like these prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open an investigation in 2019 into what causes Teslas to catch fire. 

But some experts - and Tesla itself - maintain that EVs are no more likely to burst into flames than gas-powered cars. Tesla did not respond to Insider's request for comment, but told Insider previously that it considers its cars to be much safer than others on the road. 

"Tesla vehicles achieved the lowest probability of injury of any vehicles ever tested by U.S. government [NCAP] safety rating program," Tesla said in a statement in 2019, "and based on our fleet of over 500,000 electric cars, we know that a Tesla vehicle is approximately 10 times less likely to experience a fire than a gas car."

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A Tesla Model 3 caught fire in Shanghai after its battery was damaged, Chinese media report

Tesla Model 3_4
Teslas have been known to catch fire after trauma to their batteries.
  • A Tesla Model 3 burst into flames in a Shanghai parking garage Tuesday, Chinese media reported.
  • Tesla said it was likely caused by an impact to the car's underside, where the battery is located. 
  • Teslas have been known to catch fire after a crash and, occasionally, seemingly spontaneously. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

A Tesla Model 3 sedan caught fire in a Shanghai parking garage on Tuesday, Chinese media reported

Nobody was injured in the blaze, Tesla's China office told local media, adding that it would cooperate with a fire department investigation and the owner's insurance company. 

According to the driver's account and a preliminary examination of the car, the electric vehicle maker said the Model 3 likely caught fire after something damaged its undercarriage and battery, Chinese media reported

According to the Xinmin Evening News, the Model 3 first caught fire as it entered the underground residential garage, The driver and a security guard at the community tried to put out the small fire with a fire extinguisher, but they eventually called the fire department after the fire spread, the outlet said. 

Photos from the scene show that the incident destroyed the car, leaving behind a charred metal shell with no interior or windows. 

Chinese EV battery supplier CATL told Chinese media that the Model 3 that burst into flames was not equipped with one if its batteries. 

Read more: New Tesla employees share salary ranges and interview questions from the 'insanely fast' hiring process for Elon Musk's Gigafactory near Berlin

Tesla's vehicles have been known to catch fire in collisions or after an impact to the underside of the car, where the battery pack is located. Trauma to the battery pack can interfere with its cooling functions, causing it to overheat and ignite. But crashes also cause internal-combustion cars to burst into flames on a regular basis.

What's more unusual is that Teslas have also caught fire or exploded seemingly completely spontaneously - just sitting in a parking garage or on the side of the road. 

In November, a Model S in Texas suddenly started shooting out flames "like a flamethrower," its owner told The Washington Post. In 2019, a Model S seemed to spontaneously combust in a Shanghai parking garage. 

Incidents like these prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open an investigation in 2019 into what causes Teslas to catch fire. 

But some experts - and Tesla itself - maintain that EVs are no more likely to burst into flames than gas-powered cars. Tesla did not respond to Insider's request for comment, but told Insider previously that it considers its cars to be much safer than others on the road. 

"Tesla vehicles achieved the lowest probability of injury of any vehicles ever tested by U.S. government [NCAP] safety rating program," Tesla said in a statement in 2019, "and based on our fleet of over 500,000 electric cars, we know that a Tesla vehicle is approximately 10 times less likely to experience a fire than a gas car."

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COVID-19 vaccines are selling on the dark web for as much as $1,000 in bitcoin

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Bitcoin.
  • Since the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines were approved for emergency use in December there have been a growing number of ads on the dark web offering the inoculation for as much as $1,000 worth of bitcoin.
  • Scammers online are feeding off people's desperation for the vaccine since the roll out has been slower than expected.
  • Researchers from cybersecurity firm Check Point were offered a dose of the coronavirus vaccine for $750 in bitcoin. After the bitcoin payment was made, the vendor's account was deleted and the researchers did not receive the vaccine.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Vendors on the dark web have been releasing ads for the coronavirus vaccine asking for payments for as much as $1,000 worth of bitcoin, according to a January report from cybersecurity firm Check Point.

While vaccine scamming on the dark web has been prevalent since the first vaccine was authorized for emergency use in December, the amount of ads and price for the unspecified vaccine doses have continued to go up. Check Point found over 340 ads in 34 pages, while there were only 8 pages worth of advertisements last month. 

The ads did not specify whether they were selling the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Several listings even offered faulty information regarding the vaccine doses, with one advertisement claiming the vaccine required 14 doses per person. Official medical protocol calls for two doses.

Read more: What's coming next for COVID-19 vaccines? Here's the latest on 11 leading programs.

The increase in the vaccine ads is likely driven by growing impatience and desperation to get the vaccine as the roll out in the US has failed to hit targets set by Operation Warp Speed. Check Point wrote in their report they believed scammers were merely playing on people's desperation to get the vaccine, especially those who are not included in the first tier of vaccine recipients.

"We believe this is because of a spike in demand from individuals who don't wish to wait weeks or months to receive their vaccination from their countries' governments," the company said in a blog post.

According to the report, Check Point researchers were offered a dose of the coronavirus vaccine for $750 in bitcoin, after reaching out to one of the vendors claiming to provide the vaccine via Telegram, an encrypted messaging app. After the bitcoin payment was made, the vendor's account was deleted and the researchers did not receive the vaccine.

Scammers on the dark web also claimed to offer vaccine doses in bulk. One vendor advertised 10,000 vials worth of the unspecified vaccine for $30,000.

Read more: The CIO of a $500 million crypto asset manager breaks down 5 ways of valuing bitcoin and deciding whether to own it after the digital asset breached $40,000 for the first time

With increased scamming drawing more attention to the dark web, authorities are likely looking to disband more sites.  European authorities announced they had seized one of the internet's largest forums for criminal activity, DarkMarket, on January 13. The site had over 500,000 users.

"The scale of the operation at Europol demonstrates the global commitment to tackling the use of the dark web as a means to commit crime," Europol said in a statement.

The dark web scammers likely required bitcoin payments because they are difficult to trace. In July, hackers took over dozens of celebrity Twitter profiles and used them to call for bitcoin payments. 

Bitcoin has seen a massive increase in value since the pandemic began, as the commodity has been seen as a stable stock, with some comparing the cryptocurrency to gold.

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COVID-19 vaccines are selling on the dark web for as much as $1,000 in bitcoin

Bitcoin
Bitcoin.
  • Since the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines were approved for emergency use in December there have been a growing number of ads on the dark web offering the inoculation for as much as $1,000 worth of bitcoin.
  • Scammers online are feeding off people's desperation for the vaccine since the roll out has been slower than expected.
  • Researchers from cybersecurity firm Check Point were offered a dose of the coronavirus vaccine for $750 in bitcoin. After the bitcoin payment was made, the vendor's account was deleted and the researchers did not receive the vaccine.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Vendors on the dark web have been releasing ads for the coronavirus vaccine asking for payments for as much as $1,000 worth of bitcoin, according to a January report from cybersecurity firm Check Point.

While vaccine scamming on the dark web has been prevalent since the first vaccine was authorized for emergency use in December, the amount of ads and price for the unspecified vaccine doses have continued to go up. Check Point found over 340 ads in 34 pages, while there were only 8 pages worth of advertisements last month. 

The ads did not specify whether they were selling the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Several listings even offered faulty information regarding the vaccine doses, with one advertisement claiming the vaccine required 14 doses per person. Official medical protocol calls for two doses.

Read more: What's coming next for COVID-19 vaccines? Here's the latest on 11 leading programs.

The increase in the vaccine ads is likely driven by growing impatience and desperation to get the vaccine as the roll out in the US has failed to hit targets set by Operation Warp Speed. Check Point wrote in their report they believed scammers were merely playing on people's desperation to get the vaccine, especially those who are not included in the first tier of vaccine recipients.

"We believe this is because of a spike in demand from individuals who don't wish to wait weeks or months to receive their vaccination from their countries' governments," the company said in a blog post.

According to the report, Check Point researchers were offered a dose of the coronavirus vaccine for $750 in bitcoin, after reaching out to one of the vendors claiming to provide the vaccine via Telegram, an encrypted messaging app. After the bitcoin payment was made, the vendor's account was deleted and the researchers did not receive the vaccine.

Scammers on the dark web also claimed to offer vaccine doses in bulk. One vendor advertised 10,000 vials worth of the unspecified vaccine for $30,000.

Read more: The CIO of a $500 million crypto asset manager breaks down 5 ways of valuing bitcoin and deciding whether to own it after the digital asset breached $40,000 for the first time

With increased scamming drawing more attention to the dark web, authorities are likely looking to disband more sites.  European authorities announced they had seized one of the internet's largest forums for criminal activity, DarkMarket, on January 13. The site had over 500,000 users.

"The scale of the operation at Europol demonstrates the global commitment to tackling the use of the dark web as a means to commit crime," Europol said in a statement.

The dark web scammers likely required bitcoin payments because they are difficult to trace. In July, hackers took over dozens of celebrity Twitter profiles and used them to call for bitcoin payments. 

Bitcoin has seen a massive increase in value since the pandemic began, as the commodity has been seen as a stable stock, with some comparing the cryptocurrency to gold.

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How to download YouTube videos onto your computer to watch or share anytime

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There are several ways to download YouTube videos.
  • There are several ways to download a YouTube video onto your computer, most of which are free.
  • The easiest ways to download YouTube videos include using apps like VLC or WinX, or with websites like Y2Mate.
  • WinX and Y2Mate also give you the option of just downloading the audio, instead of the audio and video together.
  • Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories.

YouTube has billions of videos. While you can stream all of them, you might want some on your own computer for future and offline use, or for a personal project. 

While YouTube Premium has its own pseudo-downloading feature - it lets you download videos onto your smartphone to watch offline - the regular YouTube website doesn't have any feature like this.

Instead, if you want to download a YouTube video onto your computer, you'll need to use a third-party service. Luckily, there are dozens of programs that will let you do this.

Here are three of our favorites, including one program you might already have downloaded, one free app, and one easy-to-use website.

How to download YouTube videos using VLC Media player

VLC Media Player is a free app that lets you watch videos or play music from your Mac or PC. There's a chance you might already have it installed on your computer.

And although it'll take a few minutes, you can use it to download any YouTube video.

1. Find the video you want to download off YouTube and copy its URL.

2. Open VLC. If you're on a PC, click "Media" at the top of the screen, and then "Open Network Stream." If you're on a Mac, click "File" at the top, and then "Open Network."

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Whether on Mac or PC, get to the "Network" screen.

3. In the menu that appears, paste the URL of the YouTube video you want, and then click "Play" or "Open" at the bottom.

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Make sure that "Network" is selected at the top.

4. After a moment, the YouTube video you want will begin playing. A longer YouTube video will take longer to open.

5. If you're on a PC, click "Tools" at the top of the screen, and then "Media Information." If you're on a Mac, click "Window," and then "Media Information."

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Bring up the "Media Information" menu.

6. In the "Media Information" menu, there will be a "Location" bar at the bottom. Double-click the URL in this bar to select it, and then copy it.

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You might not be able to see the entire URL at once.

7. Go back to your web browser and paste that link into your URL bar at the top of the screen, then go to it.

8. You'll be brought to a page with just the video playing. Click on the three stacked dots on the right side, and then click "Download."

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It should display the same way in most internet browsers.

The video will download onto your computer as an .MP4 file. You can name it or move it wherever you like.

How to download YouTube videos using WinX YouTube Downloader

WinX is a whole suite of programs, each of which is made for downloading videos from different sources. The WinX YouTube Downloader is, as the name suggests, meant for YouTube videos.

1. Go to the WinX website and download the application. If you're on a Mac, go to the MacX download page instead.

2. Once the program is installed, open it and click "Add Url" in the top-left corner.

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Select the "Add Url" option.

3. Paste in the YouTube link that you want to download, and then click "Analyze" on the right. Note that you need to include the entire URL - including the "https" that's likely at the start.

4. The app will check the video to see how high quality it is. Once done, you'll be offered a variety of file types to download it in.

5. Select the version of the video that you want, and then click "Download Selected Videos" or "Done" in the bottom-right.

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The quality of the downloads will vary by video.

6. On the next page, click "Download now."

Your videos will download in the format you asked for, and be saved to your computer's "Videos" or "Movies" folder.

If you have the paid "Pro" version of WinX or MacX, once the video's been downloaded, you can also click the "Convert to MP3" option to get just the audio.

How to download YouTube videos using Y2Mate

Unlike the last two options, Y2Mate isn't an app, but a website. But like the others, it lets you quickly download any YouTube video in a variety of formats.

Just note that since it's free, the website has a lot of ads that might slow down your browser. We'd recommend installing an adblocker if you're going to use the site often.

1. Head to Y2Mate's website and paste in the URL of the YouTube video that you want.

2. If you've put in a valid link, the site will analyze the video, and then give you a few different download links.

3. The tabs at the top will let you pick whether you want to download it as a video, an MP3, or as "Audio" - this will give you both an MP3 and M4A option, both of which will work on nearly any device.

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Insert a YouTube link and it'll be converted.

4. Click "Download" next to any option, and then wait a moment while the site converts the video. 

5. Once it's done, click the green "Download" button in the window that appears.

Related coverage from Tech Reference:

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How to download YouTube videos onto your computer to watch or share anytime

man using laptop watching shows
There are several ways to download YouTube videos.
  • There are several ways to download a YouTube video onto your computer, most of which are free.
  • The easiest ways to download YouTube videos include using apps like VLC or WinX, or with websites like Y2Mate.
  • WinX and Y2Mate also give you the option of just downloading the audio, instead of the audio and video together.
  • Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories.

YouTube has billions of videos. While you can stream all of them, you might want some on your own computer for future and offline use, or for a personal project. 

While YouTube Premium has its own pseudo-downloading feature - it lets you download videos onto your smartphone to watch offline - the regular YouTube website doesn't have any feature like this.

Instead, if you want to download a YouTube video onto your computer, you'll need to use a third-party service. Luckily, there are dozens of programs that will let you do this.

Here are three of our favorites, including one program you might already have downloaded, one free app, and one easy-to-use website.

How to download YouTube videos using VLC Media player

VLC Media Player is a free app that lets you watch videos or play music from your Mac or PC. There's a chance you might already have it installed on your computer.

And although it'll take a few minutes, you can use it to download any YouTube video.

1. Find the video you want to download off YouTube and copy its URL.

2. Open VLC. If you're on a PC, click "Media" at the top of the screen, and then "Open Network Stream." If you're on a Mac, click "File" at the top, and then "Open Network."

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Whether on Mac or PC, get to the "Network" screen.

3. In the menu that appears, paste the URL of the YouTube video you want, and then click "Play" or "Open" at the bottom.

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Make sure that "Network" is selected at the top.

4. After a moment, the YouTube video you want will begin playing. A longer YouTube video will take longer to open.

5. If you're on a PC, click "Tools" at the top of the screen, and then "Media Information." If you're on a Mac, click "Window," and then "Media Information."

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Bring up the "Media Information" menu.

6. In the "Media Information" menu, there will be a "Location" bar at the bottom. Double-click the URL in this bar to select it, and then copy it.

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You might not be able to see the entire URL at once.

7. Go back to your web browser and paste that link into your URL bar at the top of the screen, then go to it.

8. You'll be brought to a page with just the video playing. Click on the three stacked dots on the right side, and then click "Download."

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It should display the same way in most internet browsers.

The video will download onto your computer as an .MP4 file. You can name it or move it wherever you like.

How to download YouTube videos using WinX YouTube Downloader

WinX is a whole suite of programs, each of which is made for downloading videos from different sources. The WinX YouTube Downloader is, as the name suggests, meant for YouTube videos.

1. Go to the WinX website and download the application. If you're on a Mac, go to the MacX download page instead.

2. Once the program is installed, open it and click "Add Url" in the top-left corner.

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Select the "Add Url" option.

3. Paste in the YouTube link that you want to download, and then click "Analyze" on the right. Note that you need to include the entire URL - including the "https" that's likely at the start.

4. The app will check the video to see how high quality it is. Once done, you'll be offered a variety of file types to download it in.

5. Select the version of the video that you want, and then click "Download Selected Videos" or "Done" in the bottom-right.

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The quality of the downloads will vary by video.

6. On the next page, click "Download now."

Your videos will download in the format you asked for, and be saved to your computer's "Videos" or "Movies" folder.

If you have the paid "Pro" version of WinX or MacX, once the video's been downloaded, you can also click the "Convert to MP3" option to get just the audio.

How to download YouTube videos using Y2Mate

Unlike the last two options, Y2Mate isn't an app, but a website. But like the others, it lets you quickly download any YouTube video in a variety of formats.

Just note that since it's free, the website has a lot of ads that might slow down your browser. We'd recommend installing an adblocker if you're going to use the site often.

1. Head to Y2Mate's website and paste in the URL of the YouTube video that you want.

2. If you've put in a valid link, the site will analyze the video, and then give you a few different download links.

3. The tabs at the top will let you pick whether you want to download it as a video, an MP3, or as "Audio" - this will give you both an MP3 and M4A option, both of which will work on nearly any device.

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Insert a YouTube link and it'll be converted.

4. Click "Download" next to any option, and then wait a moment while the site converts the video. 

5. Once it's done, click the green "Download" button in the window that appears.

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For a COVID-safe car ride, open at least two windows halfway and wear a mask

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  • Opening windows decreases your risk of transmitting coronavirus-laden particles in a car.
  • It's best to open all four windows, but two open windows can provide sufficient ventilation.
  • Make sure to roll down the windows at least halfway, keep your mask on, and don't let other precautions slide.
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Sharing a car with someone is one of the riskiest things you can do without cohabitating, as far as coronavirus transmission goes.

While taking a car may feel like a slightly safer alternative compared to public transportation, it's still a small, enclosed space. Even if all passengers are wearing masks, some small particles can escape from the face coverings into the air.

"It's usually not significant when you're outdoors, because it gets diluted," Varghese Mathai, a physicist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, told Insider. "But when you're in a confined space like that of a car, if [the particles] are not flushed out of the cabin, they can remain and build up a concentration with time."

Mathai, along with researchers from Brown University, has been modeling how particles may move inside vehicles with various levels of ventilation. 

Read more: A free app from Brown University researchers reveals your risk of getting COVID-19 based on your activity and zip code

Unsurprisingly, in their simulation, published in Science Advances earlier this month, rolling down all of the windows was the most effective way to clear out potentially virus-laden particles from a car.

When all windows were closed, 8% to 10% of the tiny particles one person exhaled could reach another. That number dropped to 0.2% to 2% when all four windows were open.

But on a chilly winter day, opening all of the windows may not be the most practical option, so the authors experimented with alternatives, and came up with some suggestions.

If you're going to open two windows, pick the ones opposite the driver and passenger

The simulated car was based on a Toyota Prius driving at 50 miles per hours, with a driver in the front left seat and a single passenger in the back right.

While a passenger may intuitively crack the window closest to them upon getting in a car, opening the windows opposite the driver (front right) and passenger (back left) provided better ventilation in the model.

In a moving car, fresh air typically flows in through the rear window and out the front window, Mathai said. Opening the windows opposite the occupants not only provides an entry and exit point for particles, but also creates a current of air separating the passenger from the driver.

However, Mathai said the difference between the two-windows-open configurations they tested was "marginal."

Read more: Are rental cars safe to drive right now? We talked to 3 leading experts to find out.

You should open some windows at least halfway if you're sharing a car, and always wear a mask

Opening car windows is not a foolproof way to avoid coronavirus transmission, Mathai said - and cracking them just a tad won't do much at all.

"If you just cracked the window, we do not get this kind of a strong drop," Mathai said. "It would be good to open it at least to half level."

Sharing a car with someone outside of your household is a risky move, and opening windows is one way to reduce that risk. But Mathai cautioned that extra ventilation is not a substitute for other prevention measures, such as mask-wearing, handwashing, and sanitizing common surfaces.

Read more: 24% of New York City's bus and subway workers have contracted COVID-19, and 76% said they personally knew a coworker who died, a new NYU survey finds

Plastic barriers between driver and passenger could help stop droplets

The simulation didn't factor in potential barriers between the front and back seat, like a traditional taxi partition or a makeshift plastic sheet.

Mathai said that, while such sheets are not a substitute for fresh air, it doesn't hurt to have them. As other experts have told Insider, preventing coronavirus transmission is like layering Swiss cheese: each layer has its limitations, but if you stack enough slices, you should be able to cover the holes. 

"The barriers are helpful in preventing all kinds of droplet transmission, including the small ones, possibly," Mathai said. "But a better way is to also have a ventilation system, so that the air inside the cabin gets replenished with fresh air from the outside."

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Meet the 14 people leading The Carlyle Group’s $53 billion lending division that’s been on a tear recently

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We profiled 14 leaders on Carlyle's $53 billion lending division.
  • The Carlyle Group's lending division has been a major focus of the firm's CEO Kewsong Lee.
  • The credit team has more than doubled its assets under management over the past four years. 
  • These are the 14 people leading Carlyle's $53 billion lending division. 
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One of Kewsong Lee's biggest priorities as CEO of The Carlyle Group has been to build out a lending division that offers new financial products for investors and serves as a true equal to its longstanding private-equity team, which has bought thousands of companies over its 34 years of existence, from luxury fashion brand Golden Goose to digital content company Getty Images.

Carlyle's credit team has been around since 1999, but only over the past four years have its investing professionals begun to assemble as a single, global unit, organized across industry verticals and embedded in the firm's broader organization. Its assets under management, meanwhile, have expanded from $25 billion to $53 billion under the same time frame.

Read more: Meet Kewsong Lee, the private-equity exec who's now running the show solo at Carlyle. 20 insiders lay out why the move signals a big transformation at the $221 billion firm.

This has taken place under the watch of a new leader tapped in 2016 by Lee, who at the time was Carlyle's co-CEO. Lee had observed the expansion of private credit within PE firms following the rollout of the Dodd-Frank Act, expansive regulation put in place in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis that included curtailing the amount of lending that can be done by large banks. 

To take advantage, Lee tapped into one of Carlyle's large clients, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where Mark Jenkins led the firm's global private investment group. Lee hired Jenkins in September of 2016 and the veteran investor switched sides - from limited partner to general partner - and set out to assemble his team.  

"The approach Kew and I agreed on was to put strength on strength with what we were already doing on the private equity side," Jenkins told Insider in a recent interview.

Read the full story here: Carlyle's credit crew: Meet the 14 people leading the PE giant's $53 billion lending division that has been red-hot during the pandemic

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