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Virgin Media video losses push down Liberty Global RGUs

Video subscriber losses at Virgin Media contributed in no small way to pushing down Liberty Global revenue-generating unit count in the third quarter. The cable giant lost 76,300 RGUs overall in the quarter, taking the total losses for the year-to-date to 80,400. Virgin Media’s RGU losses amounted to 53,000 for the quarter, which the company […]

Sunrise suffers setback as another proxy adviser rejects UPC plan

Swiss service provider Sunrise has suffered another setback to its efforts to secure shareholder approval for its planned acquisition of Liberty Global-owned UPC Switzerland. According to Reuters, proxy adviser ISS has recommended shareholders to vote against the revised rights issue proposed by the operator to finance the acquisition, citing a note sent to its clients […]

Telenet unveils analogue switch off plan

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet says it will switch off its analogue TV service between next autumn and the end of 2021, freeing up capacity for digital traffic. The operator plans to launch a communication campaign from this December to inform customers about different alternatives available to them to continue to receive TV once […]

Sunrise chief claims growing support for Liberty Global deal

Sunrise is gaining shareholder support for its troubled agreement to buy UPC Switzerland from Liberty Global, which remains a “fantastic” opportunity to realise synergies and drive consolidation in the Swiss market, according to Sunrise CEO Olaf Swantee. Speaking to CNN, Swantee said that 75% of shareholders now back the revised capital increase planned by the […]

Viacom takes branded apps to Virgin Media

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has agreed a new multi-year distribution deal with Virgin Media spanning TV channels, on-demand rights and a range of new streaming applications.  The deal will provide Virgin Media customers with continued access to MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Paramount Network, as well as associated catch up rights and […]

Sunrise in fresh move to secure shareholder OK for Liberty Global deal

Swiss telco Sunrise has announced a reduction in the size of the rights issue planned to finance its troubled acquisition of UPC Switzerland in a bid to secure shareholder approval for the deal. The telco is to reduce the size of the rights issue by CHF1.3 billion (€1.2 billion) to CHF2.8 billion ahead of a […]

Liberty Global companies unveil Gigabit rollouts

Liberty Global’s operating companies in Switzerland, Belgium and the UK have now all unveiled plans to roll out Gigabit broadband services. The UK’s Virgin Media has kicked off the deployment of Gigabit broadband in Southampton, taking 1Gbps downstream speeds to 100,000 premises. The company plans to bring these speeds to its entire network, covering 15 […]

Liberty Global positioning itself for fixed-mobile future, says Fries

Liberty Global’s sale of its German and central European assets and planned sale of its Swiss unit “all make sense” in a market that is moving towards fixed-mobile convergence, but the company nevertheless sees “a lot of runway” to build value from its remaining assets, according to CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at Goldman Sachs Communacopia […]

Swiss deal ‘makes tons of sense’, says Liberty Global chief

Liberty Global’s agreement with Sunrise to divest its UPC Switzerland unit “makes tons of sense” and it is up to the Swiss telco to “manage its shareholder base” and see the deal through, according to Liberty president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference in New York, Fries said that Liberty […]

Sunrise faces fresh opposition to Liberty Global deal

German activist investor Active Ownership Capital (AOC) has joined the growing list of investors in Swiss telco Sunrise to openly oppose its agreement to acquire Liberty Global’s Swiss unit. According to Reuters, citing AOC founding partner Florian Schuhbauer, the investment outfit things the price paid for UPC Switzerland is too high. Schuhbauer told Reuters that […]

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