NEW YORK (AP) -- The weak economy is hitting Americans where they spend a lot of their free time: at the TV set. They're cancelling cable and satellite TV subscriptions in record numbers.
In a tally by The Associated Press, eight of the nine largest pay-TV providers in the U.S., which serve about 70 percent of households, lost 195,700 subscribers in the April-to-June quarter. That's the first quarterly loss for the group.
Wider industry measures showed a loss of subscribers for the first time in last year's second quarter. This year, they're leaving faster.
The chief cause appears to be persistently high unemployment and a housing market that has many people living with their parents. But there are hints that some people are cancelling cable in favor of cheap Internet video.
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