Well, I hate being in the minority, but across the board I'm in disagreement.
Let's start with the notion that Dish is an innovative company. I've been a subscriber for 14 years, there's nothing innovative in their products, the UI has always been horrible and the hardware unstable. They haven't been the first in any of their product features, many of which have had the same bugs for a decade. Is paying a bunch of people to watch tv and press the big red button a few times innovation? Hardly. It's a workaround for lack of ability to innovate. I like Dish, don't get me wrong, but let's keep the facts straight.
By hey, this isn't about Dish. I agree, CBS' actions are in very poor taste, but I don't blame CNET. They're a tech blog. They know the situation, yet they made a decision, obviously unbiased, and cast their vote. I admire the staff at CNET for doing so. CBS, not so much. They opposed the actions of a very large online presence, jeopardizing both their integrity and their income. Check out annual income from advertising (ahem) generated by CNET, it's freaking huge.
Commercials. Everybody hates them. Except during the Super Bowl. Dare I ask, couldn't we still live with our old Model A remotes and that 20mph skip forward function? Dish is just plain dumb to have made a move that pisses off every network. Moreover, I believe that Dish is just a bit vindictive, a little payback for all of the local channels battles. The feature provides only incremental benefit, it wasn't worth it.
Advertising is huge. Incredibly so. Actors, agents, promotion, photographers, filmmakers, their makeup, their cameras and lighting equipment. Writers, ad agencies. The education systems that gave them their skills... Think about how many people this employs. You get the picture. Panasonic, Samsung, Denon, LG, Yournamebrand all buy it to sell the products we enjoy, to bring us new and improved products year after year. Think about that the next time you hit the skip button :-)
My time in front of a display consists of about 20% DVDs, 60% network, 15% Dish/OTA and 5% snoring. I don't get enough commercial content to worry about, and most of that is skippable. I got bigger things to fret about.