Lithuanian HD rights dispute grows

Controversy is mounting in Lithuania over the HD rights to the Champions League and London Olympic Games.

According to VZ, pay-TV operators are angry that the national public broadcaster LRT sold the rights exclusively to the incumbent telco TEO LT, which operates both an IPTV and DTT service under the brand name Gala.

They argue that the transaction between LRT and TEO LT took place secretly, with no other pay-TV companies being given the opportunity to buy the rights.

LRT has countered by saying that its actions were fully within the law.