ANN runs more and more off ad revenue from online retail outlets and license holders. Of course they have to push for people to buy dvds.
ANN's reviews are hit or miss. I generally get more accurate benchmarks at the animenfo clusterfuck. ANN's forums = massive facepalm.
I never liked them for news, but I had to start using them around 2000-2001 because another news site folded. If anyone knows of a better one which doesn't require knowledge of moonspeak, link plox!