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Many households cutting cable, but not their favorite TV shows

Tucked above the television in their living room, the cable box in the McElhennys’ Gloucester home is often little more than a paperweight, a memento of an era when consumers were tethered to their sets and the cable or satellite providers that dictated their entertainment choices.

They often like to watch their favorite shows on their laptops, and when they do turn to the TV, they bypass their cable provider, Comcast, and watch video over a Web-streaming device from Roku. Meanwhile their two small children spend weekend “screen time” on an iPhone or Kindle Fire tablet.

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