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Infographic: As Cable Dies, Which Cities Use the Most Streaming Media?

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“You have cable?! I use [fill in the blank]." Hulu. Netflix. BitTorrent.

It's a remark that's become increasingly common as cable TV comes to the end of its era. The AP is reporting that in a tally of the largest subscription-TV providers in the US, eight of the nine largest companies lost 195,700 customers between April and June. "The U.S. subscription-TV industry first showed a small net loss of subscribers a year ago," says the AP report. "This year, that trickle has turned into a stream. The chief cause appears to be persistently high unemployment and a housing market that has many people living with their parents, reducing the need for a separate cable bill."

Cable is also losing out to cheap internet video. Online media giants are gradually converting cable subscribers into streamers. Shocking monthly bills and dreadful customer service from service providers like Comcast are not helping either. Each year, the total number of hours spent per person consuming online digital media via alternative sources has been increasing steadily, from 134 hours in 2003 to 184 hours this year.

The editors at recently looked at spending data for the largest 100 cities in the U.S. to see which cities spent the most to access their entertainment through the following five services: Netflix, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Redbox, and Blockbuster Online. Here's an infographic illustrating their discoveries.

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