In certain countries (mostly Europe) TV licenses are used instead of taxes to fund the local public TV and radio channels.
What's the benefit of using this model if most of the population has a TV anyway? Wouldn't it be more efficient to use direct financing from the budget?
I've seen arguments saying that it makes public TV more independent, but if the government wants to shut down public TV (like with PBS in America) it can always cancel the law requiring TV fees from citizens. So I don't see how it could make public TV resistant to political interventions.