In Australia, we have free to air tv, its not cable... those exist but weren't the standard way most watched. Streaming probably caught up now but I had stopped caring years before.
So most of the channels use advertising to survive, and the length of add breaks and number of adverts in each is just stupid now. Or was 2 years ago which is last time I watched for more than 5 minutes.
There were 2 channels on free to air that had no advertising but they Govt run. It got to stage I was watching 2 shows a week, and then one year they took one of them off, and I didn't care enough for the other to keep watching any TV. I could find it on Youtube anyway. Now all channels use advertising, even the govt funded ones. Have to show their adverts to an increasingly shrinking audience... more adverts, less shows. Shows cost money, if people don't watch your channel, you become an advertorial channel. GL with that.