Using the concept of legal and illegal in this context is weird. It isn't like someone is sharing a movie and others are downloading and watching it without paying. Everyone in the chain from the content producer through the network through the local channel through Dish is getting paid by me in the form of a retransmission fee plus extra for Dish. The issue is somebody feels slighted because I skip commercials. And yet, nobody would care if I skip the content to watch commercials. I'm not obligated to watch anythnig just because it appears on my DVR. How can I be obligated to watch commercial under threat of prosecution?