Directv has the best variety of programming, the best record of dealing with broadcaster price increases and reliable equipment.
Every provider is going to give you a sweet deal for the first year and then the promos will expire and your bill will go up. With Directv, if you pay your bill on time and consistently, you accrue some leverage with your account and they often have ways to reduce your bill after the promo expiration.
Directv has an exclusive with the NFL Sunday Ticket and The Audience Network channels.
If you have high speed wireless internet in your home and an HD DVR from Directv you can connect it to the internet and get over 10,000 on demand titles mostly free, free Pandora, stream Youtube videos and free V Apps, they also have new movie releases 1 month before everyone else.
Unfortunately, gone are the days of cheap anything, but you really get good quality programming with Directv. You'll just pay accordingly.