Liberty Global


Liberty Global: at the crossroads 

Liberty Global has been a lynchpin of the European cable industry for the best part of two decades now, expanding across the continent via a series of deals while withdrawing from markets where it lacked the scale to compete.   The company’s recent deal with Vodafone that will see it pull out of Germany and central […]

Liberty Global launches ‘Horizon 4’ TV platform

Liberty Global has unveiled Horizon 4, a TV platform and suite of products that includes a 4K set-top box based on the V6 hardware it offers Virgin Media customers in the UK. The set-top box will be accompanied by a new Horizon 4 user interface, a remote control that has voice capabilities built-in and an […]

Liberty Global’s MySports launches new channel

Liberty Global-owned UPC Switzerland’s sports broadcast unit MySports is launching a new sports channel, MySports One, ahead of the upcoming hockey season – a key event in the Swiss sporting calendar. The channel, which goes live today, will be distributed via UPC and other operators to digital TV customers. MySports One will be serve as […]

UKTV returns to Virgin with ‘five-times as much VOD content’

UKTV’s channels returned to Virgin Media at the weekend, ending a three-week stand-off between the companies that forced networks including Dave, Gold and Alibi off the platform. The two parties agreed a new carriage deal that restores all UKTV’s channels and adds more than five-times the amount of on-demand programming – including what Virgin described […]

Liberty Global has ‘strong turnaround plan’ for UPC Switzerland

Liberty Global’s struggling Swiss business remains “highly cash-generative” with attractive cash-flow, giving the company “strategic options” as the Swiss market “looks to consolidate and rationalise”, according to CEO Mike Fries. Speaking to analysts as the company posted its Q2 results, Fries said that Liberty had “a pretty strong turnaround plan for Switzerland” but that this […]

Liberty Global spurred by Virgin Media gains

Liberty Global reported financial gains and strong momentum at UK-based Virgin Media in its latest quarter, despite a loss of 11,500 video customers across its footprint. For the second quarter, revenue from continuing operations was up 2.7% year-on-year to US$3.05 billion (€2.63 billion), while operating income was up 31.0% to US$263.9 million thanks to higher […]

T-Mobile Austria completes €1.9bn UPC Austria takeover

T-Mobile Austria has completed its previously-announced €1.9 billion takeover of Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Austria. Liberty Global confirmed the close of the sale today, stating that its proceeds will be approximately €900 million after accounting for the repayment of debt attributed to UPC Austria. Liberty said it will use this cash to increase its […]

Malone confirms succession plan

The CEOs of John Malone’s companies will have the first right to acquire his controlling stock after he dies, the US cable magnate has told the Irish Times. Malone, speaking during Liberty Global’s annual overseas board meeting in Dublin, confirmed to the paper that “most of [his] long-time CEOs…have the first right” to acquire stock […]

Activist investor takes aim at Telenet

Activist investor Lucerne Investment Partners has threatened legal action against Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet over the latter’s governance and what it sees as the overweening influence of Liberty Global. Lucerne, which holds a stake of just under 3% in the operator, has reportedly given Telenet a week to provide answers before it goes […]

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