I dropped DirecTV due in part to no AMC HD (which they eventually added), and now I've dropped Dish for the same reason (which they are going to drop out of spite over lawsuits). I regret that they are no longer mostly commercial free. But that simply wasn't a sustainable model. A few years ago I never dreamed I'd go back to cable, but they've far surpassed satellite in terms of basic HD content. I now have not only AMC HD, but also WE HD and IFC HD, neither of which Dish or DirecTV have.
Getting back to the topic, I hope DirecTV keeps AMC (I'm sure they will) and uses it to take customers from Dish.
It sounds like your cable gets more content you want than sat services. Is that an accurate statement? Regardless, cable is widely varied according to location, even with the same provider.
Do you live in an Urban area? Do you mind stating where?