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UK watchdog clears O2-Virgin Media merger

The UK’s Competition and Markets authority (CMA) has given the proposed merger of Telefónica’s O2 and Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media a provisional green light. The watchdog said that the £31 billion merger first announced in May 2020 “is unlikely to lead to any substantial lessening of competition in relation to the supply of wholesale services.” […]

Liberty Global and Telefónica name UK JV management

Liberty Global and Telefónica have named current Virgin Media CEO Lutz Schüler as CEO of their planned UK 50:50 joint venture, with O2 chief financial officer Patricia Cobian to be CFO of the combined operation. Schüler joined Virgin Media in 2018 as chief operating officer and has been CEO at Virgin Media since June 2019. […]

Eleven Sports acquires US AVOD specialist Team Whistle

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has acquired US-based sports AVOD specialist Team Whistle in a move that expands its operations to North America. The deal is subject to antitrust regulatory approval.  Eleven said that the acquisition will bring together its 150-plus commercial partners, 20 million-plus users and 30,000 hours of live sport annually with Team Whistle’s […]

Telenet deepens media involvement with Caviar acquisition

Liberty Global-backed Flemish cable operator Telenet has deepened its involvement in the media business by acquiring a 49% stake in production outfit Caviar Group. Caviar, with bases in Brussels, Antwerp and Mechelen, started out as a purely Flemish production company but has expanded internationally, producing TV programmes, including fiction, and advertising content. Telenet, which owns […]

Virgin Media ups Áine Ní Chaoindealbháin to Virgin Media Television deputy managing director

Liberty Global owned Virgin Media has promoted Áine Ní Chaoindealbháin to the role of deputy managing director of Virgin Media Television.  Chaoindealbháin currently serves as Virgin Media Television’s director of operations and takes on a newly created executive position in the business. In her current role, the exec oversees Virgin’s three free-to-air channels in Ireland: […]

Virgin Media Business launches high-capacity Dublin network

Virgin Media Business has deployed Infinera’s XTM Series on its Dublin Virgin Infinity Ring. Virgin Media’s Virgin Infinity Ring is a high-capacity optical network connecting major data centres throughout Dublin, Ireland. The company said that the XTM Series provides Virgin with faster deployment speeds and higher metro aggregation capacity. This translates to secure and fast […]

Virgin Media widens TV 360 to all customers

Virgin Media has announced wider availability of its TV 360 platform. First announced in November 2020, Virgin TV 360 is the operator’s answer to Sky Q with one primary set-top box and mini boxes for around the home. It also introduced a voice control-enabled remote, user profiles and a refreshed user experience built on Liberty […]

Former Virgin Media MD Pat Kiely launches Dublin-based prodco

Former Virgin Media Television MD Pat Kiely has launched BiggerStage, a new Dublin-based production, talent management and commercial partnership venture. The company has been created with the aim of developing original content for the global market and to showcase Ireland as a hub for international TV production. BiggerStage will also represent established broadcasting and entertainment […]

Virgin Media gets Sky UHD channels

Virgin Media has announced a deal with Sky which will bring Ultra HD channels to the pay TV operator. Virgin TV customers subscribed to the top-tier Ultimate Oomph package will gain access to Sky Entertainment and Sky Cinema Ultra HD at no extra cost. The deal will also bring more than 1,300 TV episodes and […]

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