I share your frustraition, but as far as European markets go, the UK is doing very well.
Yes we tend to get everything last, and we have to buy a series in order to watch it... but for now i'm okay with that. At least this way, I'm very careful about making sure I actually like a series or film before I buy it, which has led me to collect a very healthy shelf full of anime that I simply adore.
But hey, on the bright side the UK market is rapidly growing. 20 years ago anime was realtivly unheard of here, and now we have our own anime conventions and japan culture magazines. Also, publishers and copyright owners are really starting to realise the worthwhile size of the market in the UK. We even have our own UK based manga publishers now (sweatdrop is the leader atm I think).
Sure we don't have it as good as the US, but things are getting much brighter. Simply put, the UK loves anime, which is relefected by the ever growing dvd and video sales reported by HMV. I have no doubt we will get our own anime channel one day... though it might not be for a while yet.