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Cable TV 'cord cutting'

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Cord cutting is the term that refers to eliminating cable TV and replacing it with programming over your home broadband network.

Several how-to videos detail options. Among the popular choices are AppleTV, ROKU or Amazon FireTV. Most of these provide access to other services like Netflix, which stream content into your home for a monthly fee.

Tech writer Seth Porges cut the cord four years ago and has no regrets.

So are people really leaving in mass? The numbers show a complicated picture. Heavyweights like Time Warner and Cablevision both lost subscribers during the first quarter but only slightly. It's unclear if it's due to people ditching cable entirely because other services like Verizon's Fios have shown increases.

If you haven't heard, the Wall Street Journal reports that in 2011 the average cable TV subscriber paid about $128 a month in fees for all services, including TV, Internet and phone. Porges expects this factor alone especially among a younger generation will have people looking to cut costs.

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