I had a problem getting my cable company to let me purchase EWTN. I live on a college campus and they said that it would cost me $17.50 to get EWTN because of all the extra channels that come with it.
I wrote an email to my cable provider requesting that they change their bundle. We get 3 protestant channels (2 national and 1 local) but we don't get any Catholic television. I explained how important that channel was to me and how that's the only change I would like to see in my cable service but it didn't help.
I ended up getting an HDMI cord for my laptop and just connecting it to my TV to stream the EWTN shows that I enjoy. EWTN can also be viewed on an iPad with an internet connection. This sort of cumbersome tangle of wires has solved my problem and saved me 17.50 a month.
It's sad that where I live, there aren't enough Catholics to warrant EWTN on basic cable. At my parents house, it is within the first 16 channels.