- Associated Press - Friday, November 5, 2010

THE TRENDS: TV subscribers are ditching their cable companies at an ever faster rate in the past few months, and many of them aren’t signing up with a satellite or phone competitor instead.

THE NUMBERS: The eight biggest publicly traded cable, phone and satellite companies showed a combined gain of 66,700 video subscribers in the third quarter, slower than the growth of the population. It’s far short of the 401,300 subscribers gained a year ago.

THE REASONS: It’s possible Internet TV services such as Netflix and Hulu are finally starting to entice people to cancel cable, though company executives blame the weak economy and housing market.

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