Satellite can be a good deal, but you have to be ready for weird charges. A few friends of mine have satellite and enjoy it for about 40$ for the same amount of channels as cabel (which in this area is about 40$ as well). The downside is the purchasing of dish(es) and dealign with their customer service. With cable you can cut it for 3 months while your gone and then reget it when you come back. With a lot of satellite services that isn't allowed (you must go on a 10$ a month vacation fee).