In the UK we have to pay a tv “license fee” of (currently) about Â£110 ($200) per year (and going up again), which is basically a tax for OWNING a tv. This is then used to fund the state-owned and controlled BBC network. It is supposedly commercial-free, but they aren’t a bit behind the door about advertising their own dvd’s, magazines etc. When they release series’ they have produced on dvd/video, they are more expensive than movie releases. And, of course, if you buy them you are just paying again for what you have already paid for through the license fee. I just record them off-air or dl from various torrent sites instead.