Any idea for the blocking? Is there the possibility of the channel being added to local satellite & cable and the carriage contracts require it (kind of like how AJE disappeared when AJAM launched).
As for the ads all I saw (maybe there's a N. American AppleTV feed) were for a health company and a middle eastern airline.
Sky News has been available for many years on OSN
and Etisalat Elife. The stream has worked since they launched it but must have been blocked in the past 2 weeks while I have been back in the UK.
Ah well, back to watching g BBC World.