Lot of heat and noise on here
That was per person, not per household, remember?
Started off as a way to pay for the infrastructure, only the BBC had the transmitters.
I don't really mind paying the license fee, I use the BBC quite a lot.
But I have no choice but to pay for commercial TV, even though I don't use it, ever.
Every time you buy a product that is advertised on TV, you pay for the commercial TV companies.
I bet it adds up to a lot more than £145 a year.
Bear in mind, if there was no Freeview then the monthly sub costs would increase, as they would then become the only game in town, and advertisers, bless them, would love to use more and more airtime to feed you the important stuff.