The economic climate is accelerating several changes in consumer behavior, especially changes that reduce household expenses.
Cable company charges have long been a source of consumer frustration and technology changes are providing an alternative. Online offerings from Hulu and streaming content from Netflix and similar offerings have played the introductory role. Several hardware manufacturers are now marketing the change.
Here is an interesting post and accompany video from gigaom.com entitled Cord Cutters: The Gift Guide for Cable Free Holidays.