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Liberty Global mulls UK fibre JV and wholesale options to ‘crystallise value’ of network

Liberty Global is looking to “continue crystallising value” in its core markets through fixed-mobile combinations and potential restructuring of its networks through the entry of new capital or a wholesale model, according to CEO Mike Fries. Speaking to analysts after the company posted its latest quarterly results, Fries said that “fixed-mobile combinations are materially accretive […]

German operators take legal action against Liberty Global-Vodafone approval

German regional network operator NetCologne has confirmed it is taking legal action to challenge EU approval of Vodafone’s acquisition of Unitymedia from Liberty Global, after European Court of Justice officials told German press that it, together with Deutsche Telekom and Tele Columbus had filed complaints about the decision.   The Cologne-based operator said that the […]

Liberty Global hit by UK subscriber decline

Liberty Global’s fourth quarter results were hit by accelerating TV losses and an overall decline in customer numbers, with the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Switzerland all contributing to the decline. Virgin Media lost 110,900 revenue-generating units in the UK and Ireland and its customer base declined by 9,400, compared with a customer gain of 9,000 […]

Telenet teams up with DPG Media to launch ‘Flemish Netflix’

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet has joined forces with DPG Media, the owner of commercial broadcaster VTM, to build a new streaming service with local and international content. Telenet said that the pair want to respond as effectively as possible to changing viewing habits and to offer a local alternative to international streaming giants. […]

Liberty Global expands relationship with Plume

Liberty Global has announced an expanded relationship with smart home vendor Plume. The operator said that it will roll out smart home services from Plume across its footprint this year, following a successful initial deployment with its UK brand Virgin Media. The vendor had also previously announced distribution deals with VOO, Sunrise, WightFibre and TalkTalk. […]

Liberty Global extends Netflix deal

Liberty Global has renewed and extended its distribution partnership with Netflix. The parties have announced a multi-year deal that will see over 11 million customers have access to the Netflix service. Liberty Global’s Virgin Media was the first TV operator in Europe to launch Netflix within its platform, with the company now noting that half […]

Virgin Media tops Ofcom’s UK pay TV complaints table

Virgin Media generated the highest volume of pay TV complaints of all UK services providers to regulator Ofcom in the third quarter of last year, with Sky generating the lowest. Virgin Media generated 14 complaints per 100,000 pay TV subscribers over the quarter, with 44% of those being related to complaints handling. The other main […]

Cord-cutting comes with ‘pros and cons’ says Liberty Global’s Fries

Cord-cutting comes with “pros and cons” for fixed line operators such as Liberty Global as the industry moves to apps and aggregates streaming services such as Netflix, according to CEO Mike Fries, speaking to CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Fries said that streaming consumers still need a great broadband connection even if […]

UPC Poland launches commercial premises pack, adds to Horizon Go line-up

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland has launched a new offering aimed at pubs and restaurants that includes a range of sports, music, kids and other content from PLN50 (€11.80). The Biznes TV package offers 30 channels including sports services Eurosport 1 HD, Eurosport 2 HD and SportKlub HD, music services 4Fun.TV, MTV Polska HD, […]

Cable Congress: Dutch market provides model for future of broadband industry

The Dutch broadband and connectivity market is one of the most attractive for investment in Europe, with two strong players – KPN and VodafoneZiggo – competing on innovation and the customer proposition, with a third challenger – Tele2 – offering additional competition, according to Christian Fangmann, director, global banking and markets at HSBC. Speaking on […]

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