As New Zealand taxpayers, haven't we already paid for these shows via our NZ on Air taxes/charges?
If the money they make from this was going straight into upgrading their infrastructure so we can get AC3 surround sound etc, that'd be great!
It won't though.
Does that mean as NZ taxpayers we shouldn't have to see any advertising at all? Of course not. As mentioned above, it was deemed that advertising wouldn't viably support this channel.
There are more to broadcasting costs than the cost of the material.