Who’s cutting the cord – and where do they live?

There’s plenty of talk about cord cutting these days – the idea that people can cancel their cable subscriptions and still view most (or all) of their favorite programming. There’s not a lot of talk, though, on where it’s taking place. Bundle-End_of_cable_Infographic-FullSize_1

The answer, it seems, is Dallas, Texas.

Bundle.com, a compiler of spending and savings data, has put together a pretty thorough look at the cord cutting movement – and finds that folks <clap clap clap clap> deep in the heart of Texas are the ones spending the most on rentals and digital media from sites like Netflix, iTunes and Hulu.

In fact, three of the top 10 cities are located in the state. (Click the chart to the right of this column to view the full infographic.)  

Media hub New York came in third – and Los Angeles didn’t make the list.

Of the folks who stream on Netflix, TV shows are the most popular offering – gobbling up nearly 66 percent of the bandwidth, soundly trouncing any film category.

And while it’s not directly related to cord cutting, the time spent watching streaming programming has got to be a worry to network executives. In 2003, the average person consumed 134 hours per year of streaming media. Two years ago (the most recent figures available), that number had climbed to 184 hours – and that was in the very early days of Hulu and long before Netflix began streaming on the Wii and PlayStation 3.

Between those two platforms, Netflix sees 38 percent of its streaming traffic.

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