One game that I play has in-game ads like that (http://www.anarchy-online.com)
. The difference is that the free accounts have to watch them, while the paid subscriptions can turn it off (they can still see the billboards though). It's kind of annoying because they play sound as well, so I never stand near a billboard.
Hopefully one can add a rule to a firewall to tell it to block any traffic to an advertisement server...I'd rather see a white blank than to have to see all that garbage.
People who pay for cable/satellite are paying to have access to more channels, such as local channels of other cities or nationwide channels. All shows are filmed with commercials in mind...C.S.I, Star Trek, etc will only be 50 minutes if the commercials are cut out...it'd be too wierd if the show times changed through the day (1st show at midnight, 2nd show at 00:50, third show at 01:40, etc. Even HBO has to throw in some tidbits between shows to bring the next show into sync with an hour.
Watch your head gets blasted because they show a girl in a bikini lol