I actually was on the phone with Verizon on an unrelated matter, when the lady started soliciting Direct TV to me. I was a fool, and bought it.
I advise anyone who has cable to not lose your cable! My very first question was: I've always heard that satellite goes out all the time - during inclement weather. The lady said that was in "the old days". She said I should try it out for a year, quoted me at $99 a month for phone, cable and Direct TV.
I tried to get out of this the very first week in January after I got it and the cable went out (that's how we can tell it's raining now). They said I was in a 2 year contract. My payment has always been exactly if not more than my cable. It is not worth it.
Take it from me - I served in the Armed Forces since I was 17 (for 26 years)- just retired, and I was taken.
Felt/still feel like a fool, the lady seemed so sincere.