Cutting the cable and dropping the dish.
Those appear to be two ways that Americans are trying to make ends meet as the economy continues to struggle. An analysis by The Associated Press finds that people are canceling or doing without cable and satellite TV subscriptions — and doing so in record numbers. Last year, the pay-TV industry showed a small net loss of subscribers over the previous year. But this year, there are even more forgoing the luxury of paying for watching TV. Two reasons are cited: the high unemployment rate and a housing market that has many people living with their parents, cutting the need for a separate cable bill. Another factor: the growing availability of cheap Internet video.