[QUOTE=pipemanid;2477318]The PBS (Public Broadcasting System) is funded in the US from tax dollars and individual contributions…I support the system through my voluntary contributions every year…[/QUOTE]
The tax dollars PBS gets are relatively low. Certainly no where close to $220 per TV set in the USA.
[QUOTE=DrageMester;2477315]For the same reason there are license fees for owning a tv-set in e.g. the Scandinavian countries: Public state-owned television channels funded by license fees instead of by commercials.[/QUOTE]
I would take the commercials along with the improved signal quality and multiple choice of providers. Besides, there are ways to avoid those pesky commercials if they bother you too much.
The UK license fees would add to over $1,300 in our house!