Liberty Global


German competition watchdog wants say on Vodafone-Liberty Global deal

German competition watchdog the Bundeskartellamt, together with the country’s Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, has requested the European Commission to refer Vodafone’s planned acquisition of Liberty Global’s Unitymedia unit to it on the grounds that the deal has an impact on markets in Germany. Andreas Mundt, the Bundeskartellamt’s president, said that the acquisition […]

Multimedia Polska calls off merger with Vectra

Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has called off its planned merger with Vectra after failing to agree on key terms, according to local press. Multimedia Polska pulled out of the deal, which would have seen Vectra acquire 100% of its shares, after the pair failed to agree terms within the deadline they had set for […]

Liberty Global’s access network roadmap revealed

Liberty Global senior technologists Mark Burns and Ade Brittain used a presentation at the Cable Next Gen Europe event in London yesterday to reveal details of the cable giant’s access network technology roadmap for the next few years. Mark Burns, HFC architect, who heads access network strategy roadmaps at Liberty Global, said that the company’s […]

VodafoneZiggo to switch off analogue in Amsterdam

VodafoneZiggo, Liberty Global and Vodafone’s joint venture in the Netherlands, will switch off analogue cable in Amsterdam on the night of December 10-11. The analogue switch-off in the city is part of a phased switchover that started in march this year. The operator has already turned off analogue in Capelle aan den Ijssel and Rotterdam. […]

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 […]