Guess I am out of here then. I am not interested in being a part of a forum where the company controls the forums and/or comments. Sounds Communistic to me. LOL , just read about Iran controlling their country's internet. Directv would be very happy there.
I think you are probably way off base here.
First, I would suspect that it has more to do with confidentiality than any Orwellian control.
Second, I imagine the rules and limitations extend beyond just Direct Broadcast Satellite forums. I would expect them to apply to any public forum, whether it is a disucssion board for football fans, Facebook, Twitter...whatever. Corporate confidentiality is a reality and is a condition of your employment. You are being entrusted with priviliged information. You have no right to disseminate it.
Employees of any large corporation are typically privvy to confidential information that is not for public dissemination and employees are prohibited fom doing so. I know I am. There are things I am not allowed to discuss in any internet forum, radio call-in show, corner bar or even a private conversation in my own home with non-employees.
Failing to maintain confidentiality can impact things from competetive balance within the company's industry to stock prices and profitability. When you are playing with the livelihoods of hundreds or thousands of other people you have no "right" to say something just because you know it.