Manually editing commercials seems extremely tedious. Does the skip function not work well enough?
And cable has evolved. While I don't have it anymore, channels that didn't adhere to the normal daily lineup of the locals were welcome, commercials or not. For locals it's always a morning show or news. Game shows or talk shows. Noon time news. Soap operas or talk shows. 6pm news. Game shows & gossip shows. Then prime time shows. Same crap every day. At least the likes of USA, tbs, tnt and similar threw a wrench into those works. They were also nice because syndicated TV shows would actually be shown in order. The locals seems to be all over the place, and at times now even show both parts of a multi part show. When shows get taken off Netflix and prime and are only available via a pay source, I'm happy to deal with commercials to watch them.