maybe its related to location, or maybe user error, but I know a few people here that have sat, a couple with directTV and one with dish, and they all lose signal or have signal issues way too much IMO. My dad was the one with dish and he would lose signal on almost a daily basis, dish charged him to come out and check everything then told him there was nothing they could do about it.
last time I looked into sat a year or two ago it was more expensive for a similar channel package vs cox, not by a huge margin, but what really killed it for me was the internet package. the sat bundles come with dsl, and here the top tier for dsl is 6mbps which costs $60 a month, cox has 12mbps for $40 a month and 20mbps for $55 a month.
when you really get down to it they both suck, I wish that at&t uverse wasn't so lame so it could give sat and cable some competition. once verizon fios gets here I'll probably switch to that, or maybe I'll just dump tv all together