Agreed that the broadcasters have somehow forced this on the cable providers (of which two of the cable companies are owned by the broadcasters).
Each of the Canadian broadcasters distributed on cable get a subscription fee for my cable package. Commercials are just gravy for them.
I'm done with cable if they are going pull this crap. You can get an OTA PVR for your local channels and the internet for everything else.
Now the broadcasters will get El-Zippo from me. What a great plan Rogers, BELL and Corus, we'll see how long you will be around with this strategy.