The Lithuanian incumbent Teo has decided to give up its licence to rebroadcast HD DVB-T services in the city of Kuanas on June 1.

However, there will be no changes for Teo Smart TV (IPTV) users and they will continue to see all the HD channels.

In a statement, Teo says it started HD rebroadcasts of Eurosport HD, Discovery Showcase HD and National Geographic Channel HD channels for DVB-T users in Vilnius and Kaunas in 2009, after winning the tender announced by the Radio and Television Commission.

Due to significant changes in HD broadcasting transmission service rates, it discontinued HD transmissions in the capital, Vilnius, on April 1 and will now also do so in Kaunas.

Commenting on the development, Nerijus Ivanauskas, head of B2C at Teo, said: “Rebroadcasting of HD channels over DVB-T in Vilnius has become economically infeasible. In the absence of possibilities for the countrywide development of HD rebroadcasts, we are forced to give up HD rebroadcasts in Kaunas too. However, we continue to expand our fiber-optic access network in order that as many as possible residents of Lithuania have access to the modern technology-based Teo Smart TV”.