I would think the commercials aren't really the point with Apple though. They want you to have the devices and the app and the subscription. Whereas I would believe it if ESPN didn't let you pause stuff (baseball or other big sports broadcasts) when you are watching the actual network on a streaming service. But technologically, I suppose if it can be DVRed, it can be paused.
I usually only pause if I can't watch the game for a while (and am seriously willing to avoid Twitter and a game thread).