Iceland is one of very few European countries which have no law to ensure the most important sporting events are shown on non-subscription television channels.
The rules in other countries are intended to ensure that everyone can watch important sporting events, and not only those who pay subscriptions to the channels which have bought broadcasting rights.
Ingrid Delterne, the director of the European Broadcasting Union, says that the cost of broadcasting licenses for the biggest sporting events has increased rapidly in recent years and that subscription channels are generally able to pay higher prices than public channels broadcasting to everyone.
Governments in most European countries have reacted by passing laws ensuring that sporting events of the most importance to the population will continue to be shown on public channels, RÚV reports.
According to Delterne, only ten of the EBU’s 56 active member countries have not enacted such legislation. Iceland is among those ten.
Despite this, the World Cup will be shown on RÚV.