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Fries: Liberty Global will not ‘dismantle’ European business

Liberty Global has no intention of “dismantling” its European business and remains committed to growing its business in markets where it can achieve national scale, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking to analysts after the company reported mixed Q4 results, Fries said that Liberty remained committed to its core European markets. The cable […]

Virgin Media to roll out 350Mbps broadband this spring

Virgin Media is due to start rolling out high speed 350Mbps broadband in the UK this spring. The Liberty Global-owned service provider currently offers speeds of up to 300 Mbps and claims its top internet speeds have increased 15-fold over the past decade. “For busy households who want to watch HD TV on services like […]

Canal+ making progress as Universal Music helps boost Vivendi

Canal+ is successfully reducing its rate of churn, with new subscribers committing to 24-month contracts and satisfaction levels increasing, according to parent company Vivendi’s chief financial officer Hervé Philippe, speaking to analysts after the media giant announced strong full year results. In absolute terms, Canal+ Group continued to drag on Vivendi’s results, but the company […]

Portuguese watchdog opens in-depth investigation into Altice

Portuguese competition regulator the Autoridade da Concorrência (AdC) has opened an in-depth investigation into Altice’s planned acquisition of the country’s leading broadcaster and media group Media Capital. The AdC said that, based on the evidence gathered so far, there were strong indications that the deal will give rise “significant impediments” to competition in “several markets”, […]

New CEO for UPC Poland

Robert Redeleanu is to take over from Frans-Willem de Kloet as CEO of Liberty Global-owned UPC Poland. Redeleanu, who is currently CEO of UPC Hungary and Romania, will replace De Kloet, who is leaving the company, on April 1. Redeleanu has served as CEO of UPC Romania since 2013, taking responsibility for the Hungarian operation […]

RTL Belgium launches Check digital platform

RTL Belgium has launched a new digital platform dedicated to pop culture called Check. The service will host five video formats, an internet radio station covering rap and new pop music, an events section dedicated to festivals and concerts, and an editorial section with articles about lifestyle, food, music and festivals. The five video formats […]

Live sports VR platform LiveLike raises US$9.6 million

LiveLike, a technology company focused on offering live sports in virtual reality, has raised US$9.6 million in Series B funding. LiveLike’s live streaming platform is designed to transport users into an interactive 360° ‘virtual suite’ overlooking the field of a featured sport event, where users can connect with friends or other fans to watch the game […]

HBO and Turner line up first co-pro drama in Europe

HBO Europe is to partner with Turner’s TNT Serie for its first international co-production Hackerville, an original focused on a network of hackers. The series will be shot in 4K on location in Timisoara, Bucharest and Frankfurt from spring 2018, for an expected fall 2018 premiere on HBO Europe and TNT Serie. It follows a hacking […]

Pélisson hopeful of Orange deal as TF1 posts strong results

TF1 is “hopeful” that it can strike a deal for the carriage of its channels on Orange, despite the falling out between the pair that saw the commercial broadcaster take legal action to prevent Orange from retransmitting its services, according to CEO Gilles Pélission. In remarks accompanying his presentation of TF1’s solid full-year results, Pélisson […]

Eutelsat ups channel footprint by 7.4%

Eutelsat’s satellites broadcast a total of 6,810 channels as of the end of December, marking a 7.4% year-on-year increase as HD penetration continued to rise. Announcing its half year results, Eutelsat said that its number of high definition channels stood at 1,275, up 28% from 997 a year earlier, implying a penetration rate of 18.7% […]

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