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Virgin Media to offer BT Sport’s Champions League final in 4K UHD

BT Sport is to air this year’s UEFA Champions League football tournament final in 4K Ultra HD for the first time as part of a trial of 4K UHD TV on Virgin Media’s platform. BT Sport’s coverage of the match between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Kyiv, Ukraine this Saturday will be the first time […]

Virgin Media and TV3 secure Champions League and Europa League rights

Liberty Media-owned Virgin Media and its Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 have secured rights in Ireland to UEFA Champions League and Europa League football for the next three seasons. The deal will give Virgin Media and TV3 exclusive rights to 327 European matches per season in Ireland across both competitions, along with shared rights along with […]

Vodafone and Liberty Global: the battle for hearts and minds

First comes the deal. Then the battle for hearts and minds. Liberty Global and Vodafone have their €18.4 billion agreement. As long expected, Liberty will sell Germany’s Unitymedia to the mobile giant along with its central and eastern European assets with the exception of Poland and Slovakia. In announcing the agreement, Liberty Global and Vodafone […]

Vodafone deal is ‘incredibly positive’ for competition, says Fries

Liberty Global’s planned sale of its German unit to Vodafone is “an incredibly positive transaction for consumers and for competition” and there is no justification for claiming that it threatens competition, as Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotteus Höttges has done, according to Liberty CEO Mike Fries. Speaking to analysts after Liberty announced the deal and its […]

Vodafone to pay €18.4bn for Liberty Global assets in Europe

Vodafone has agreed to acquire Liberty Global’s operations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania for an enterprise value of €18.4 billion. Vodafone said the deal will create a “converged national challenger to the dominant incumbent in Germany” and claimed that it will also transform its fixed line and convergence strategy in key Central […]

Liberty Global increases revenue, but subscriber growth slows sharply

Liberty Global beat expectations by delivering its strongest quarterly revenue growth in close to five years for the three months to March. However, the international cable group saw a sharp slowing down in its subscriber acquisition growth despite its well-publicised network build-out programme. Rebased revenue was up 4.2% to US$1.156 billion thanks to strong growth […]

Liberty Global invests US$7.5m in Samba TV

Liberty Global has invested US$7.5 million in San Francisco-based television data and analytics firm Samba TV. Samba TV said that it will use the cash to expand its TV audience platform footprint to make audiences more addressable and measureable for agencies, brands and broadcasters. “The television markets in Europe are ready for the next generation […]

Liberty Global drops Multimedia Polska takeover

Liberty Global has withdrawn its €690 million takeover offer for Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska, the company has confirmed. Liberty said that it was dropping the deal after “failing to agree on revised commercial terms with the sellers that take into account current regulatory and market conditions.” “We remain confident in the business prospects of our […]

Telenet CFO to leave in June

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet’s chief financial officer Birgit Conix is to leave the company at the end of June. Conix, who has served as CFO for five years, is joining tourism group TUI Group. Telenet said it had begun the process of searching for a new CFO. Conix played an important role in […]

Big telecoms and bigger tech: the shape of battles to come

Stuart Thomson looks at the current and future shape of the competitive landscape facing cable and telecom operators in Europe.  European cable’s need for scale was once again high on the news agenda this week, which saw executives gather in Dublin for their annual Cable Congress get-together. Liberty Global chief Mike Fries – not in […]

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