Cable television in the United States

Cable television first became available in the United States in 1948.[1] By 1989, 53 million U.S. households received cable television subscriptions,[2] with 60 percent of all U.S. households doing so in 1992.[3] with Data by SNL Kagan shows that as of 2006 about 58.4% of all American homes subscribe to basic cable television services.[needs update] Most cable viewers in the U.S. reside in the suburbs and tend to be middle class;[4] cable television is less common in low income, urban, and rural areas.[4]

According to reports released by the Federal Communications Commission, traditional cable television subscriptions in the US peaked around the year 2000, at 68.5 million total subscriptions.[5] Since then, cable subscriptions have been in slow decline, dropping to 54.4 million subscribers by December 2013.[6] Some telephone service providers have started offering television, reaching to 11.3 million video subscribers as of December 2013.[6]


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