Actually, you will find that most countries in the world have a form of television license. In some countries, its very stealthy because its hidden within utility bills and the like, in other countries its quite a bit lower then the UK, but then so are the wages and quality of programming they enjoy.
I bet you're just talking about Australia, where the license fee was abolished lol
... but the ABC iirc is actually funded by the Australian government to the tune of nearly £1billion per year, which surprisingly gets its funds via taxes, so you're still technically paying for it anyway.
Also ITV, Channel 4 and five are terrible with adverts, at least with the BBC you dont have 10 minutes of adverts for every 20 mins of programming, ads do my head in!!