This article is from the Satellite TV FAQ, by Gary Bourgois email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
You can buy channels in packages like cable TV, or ala carte. The packages
are not necessarily a better deal. If you don't ever watch 25% of the
channels in the package, you are probably better off buying ala carte.
You can also buy most channels on a monthly or annual basis. You save 5
to 10% through annual purchases.
Price ranges for various channels:
Low rent cable channels (A&E, BRAVO, etc.) $0.79 - 1.00/month
Network packages (Denver 5 or Primetime 24) $4.00 - 5.00/month
Premium Channels (Disney, HBO, TMC, etc.) $7.00 -10.00/month