Liberty Global


EC opens in-depth investigation into Vodafone-Liberty Global deal

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Vodafone’s proposed acquisition of Liberty Global’s business in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania, citing competition fears. The EC said that its initial market investigation raised concerns that the takeover may reduce competition in: Germany, where Vodafone and Liberty Global operate non-overlapping coaxial cable networks; […]

VodafoneZiggo renews exclusive Premier League deal

Liberty Global and Vodafone Dutch joint venture VodafoneZiggo’ Ziggo Sport has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights to English Premier league football in the Netherlands for the next three seasons, renewing the existing partnership between the company and the league. VodafoneZiggo said that coverage of the Premier League would be available to subscribers via the Ziggo […]

UPC Poland adds download-to-view to Horizon Go

Liberty Global-owned Polish cable operator UPC Polska has introduced download to view on its Horizon Go mobile TV product. The new feature allows Horizon Go users to download video-on-demand content to their mobile device for offline viewing. The new functionality is available for users of iOS and Android devices. The download feature can be used […]

Fries: Liberty’s sale of assets is ‘important inflection point for cable’

Liberty Global’s sale of assets marks “a pretty important inflection point for European cable” following a period of organic and acquisition growth for the company, according to CEO Mike Fries, speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference yesterday. He said that cable in Europe now faces telecom competitors that are “pretty darn good […]

EU reportedly set to launch full investigation of Liberty-Vodafone deal

The EU is likely to launch a full investigation of Liberty Global’s planned sale of its German and central European assets to Vodafone, according to a Reuters report, citing an unnamed source. The opening of an in-depth investigation by the EU would imply that the EC will reject the request by the German competition regulator, […]

Virgin Media customers with Netflix ‘happier and more loyal’

Virgin Media customers who adopt Netflix via the Virgin Media platform are happier and more loyal than subscribers who don’t take up the SVOD service, and the cable operator’s customers are more likely to subscribe to Netflix than non-customers, according to research by the Liberty Global-owned company. While UK households’ adoption of Netflix stands at […]

UPC Switzerland commissions new eSports offering

Liberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator UPC Switzerland has commissioned a new eSports format for its MySports service. The eSports offering, Good Game – die eSports Revolution, is targeted at new and casual gamers. The service will air in 15-minute episodes devoted to a specific game, with explanation of the game’s goals and principles and material […]

Convergence conundrums

Liberty Global’s management strongly believe that the company’s share price is cheap, and the forthcoming sale of the cable giant’s German and CEE businesses is seen as an opportunity to buy back shares and thereby return cash to investors. Charlie Bracken, Liberty’s chief financial officer, used his presence at the recent Morgan Stanley European Media […]

UPC Poland names chief marketing officer

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland has made two senior management appointments, following a change in the management structure of the company that came into force on November 15. The cable operator has named Bogdan Bucurei as chief marketing officer, while Jerzy Gołębiowski, board member responsible for strategy, has added the role of B2B director […]

Liberty Global CFO rules out big acquisitions as company mulls strategic options

Liberty Global will use proceeds from the sale of its German and CEE businesses to Vodafone principally to return cash to investors in the form of buybacks and has no plans for big acquisition, according to Charlie Bracken, the company’s EVP and CFO, speaking at the Morgan Stanley European Media & Technology conference last week. […]

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