Is Cable TV Recession-Proof? In the past, the entertainment industry was thought to be recession-proof. Even when people are tightening their belts, they still want to watch TV. But some analysts say maybe not this time. People who watched free broadcast TV during the last economic downturn might drop their pricey cable packages this time around.

Is Cable TV Recession-Proof?

Is Cable TV Recession-Proof?

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In the past, the entertainment industry was thought to be recession-proof. Even when people are tightening their belts, they still want to watch TV. But some analysts say maybe not this time. People who watched free broadcast TV during the last economic downturn might drop their pricey cable packages this time around.

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