Whilst I have been gone, we saved ourselves $40 a month and switched from DirectTV to cable and with no loss of channels or quality. In addition we gained a few channels, including one that has made my life in the USA complete with happiness.
We now have Fox Deportes, the Spanish language sports channel that features football (that's the proper kind - aka soccer) 95% of the time. In particular they show many live games from the Barclays Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup competitions.
Sometimes you only realise what you miss when you get it back.