Hi Mike & Enrico:
I'm not sure what you guys need with respect to cable, internet, and phone service but here's how I came to my decision:
1. I need cable channels because I don't watch much network television other than Lost and the Fox prime time animation line-ups.
2. I need high speed Internet access.
3. I don't need land line phone service because my cell phone is my primary line.
The best package for me as a grad student at BU is standard cable service with TWC ($48/mo) and Road Runner through BU's Telecommunication
If you need land line phone service, you may be better off with:
Internet: Verizon DSL ($30/mo)
TWC's standard cable service (includes TNT, Comedy Central, FX, etc..) is really expensive relative to DishNetworks offerings. I would get DishNetwork if it weren't for the phone line service charge ($15-$20/mo) underneath of DSL. Verizon, however, does plan to offer naked DSL (DSL without phone service). When that happens, I will be switching to DSL and DishNetwork.
Satellite service does go out in bad weather although I'm sure it's not as bad as TWC makes it to be. Make sure you check with someone in the Binghamton area on service outages. Jdspencer may be able to answer that.
If you are planning to move to Vestal and OTA HDTV is important, make sure you have a direct line of sight to the broadcast towers. Again, remember that only 2 channels in the area are broadcasting HDTV content so it may not even be worthwhile.
Hope this helps.