Santa Monica, CA
·Time Warner Cable
Indeed, we too live in that same boat, void of satellite rights and TelcoTV options.
But that doesn't prove a lack of competition - our neighbors on all sides have access to four flavors of pay-tv.
If that was important to us, we would move, as we have in the past when utilities failed us. If your landlord isn't flexible enough, and you so desire satellite over cable, you might consider the same.
Your cable company is still competing with satellite, even if you can't obtain it - they aren't yet sophisticated enough (yet) to determine that or use it against you.