Dang! This sounds like a lot of work and expense. I guess since I have a ton of options where I live DTV is accommodating. I pay $75/month for their Choice Plus (or whatever it's called) with Showtime and The Movie Channel. One year contract, but I call every year and bitch about their rates. They fix it.
I also have a Roku 3, so I can get content from Amazon Prime. I order a lot of stuff through Amazon and it also gives me free 2-day shipping. Not bad for $79/year.