The UK market has lagged behind other countries, using DVB-T/MPEG-2 for FreeView when the rest of Europe was implementing DVB-T/MPEG-4…
The UK was a pioneer with DVB-T, which is a niche player in countries like Germany (satellite dominates) or the Netherlands (cable): so much so that some of the private companies want to drop it completely. The switch from analogue to digital in Germany was also forced through much faster than in the UK but with fewer channels and none in HD.
However, I don't see what any of this has to do with the licence fee. In Germany it's a pro-household and includes PCs. No exceptions like the UK has. The fee is comparable, and just like the UK, about 50% of it goes towards sport. Want cheaper, universally accessible TV? Require more sports to be free to watch.