Dish is no better, neither is DirecTV. You need their equipment to see ANYTHING, let alone "encrypted" channels. Same thing with U-Verse and to a lesser degree FiOS. And after the introductory rates wear off (which cable also offers), the price jumps up to about cable rates. So unless you just want to jump from provider to provider once each contract is up, you're going to end up in the same place no matter who you go with.
If it's offered by a large company, they're not going to give you something for nothing. Even Hulu is going to start charging at some point.
As for the hackers, encryption has been around for awhile, and really desirable stuff like HBO has been encrypted for years. So far, the hackers haven't really put a dent in anything, and if they could, they would have done so by now.
Don't believe everything on the Interwebz! A duck's quack DOES echo!