Liberty Global

Liberty Global: full-steam ahead with O2 and Sunrise mergers

Despite a difficult financial climate, Liberty Global is still bullish on its planned mergers and acquisitions. Announcing its financial results, Liberty Global confirmed that it has been impacted by the pandemic, with revenues down by 1.3% on an organic basis including US$40 million in “low margin Covid-19 related factors.” Adjusted EBITDA also saw a dip […]

Mixed fortunes for telcos in TV in Q3

A clutch of European telcos across Switzerland and the Benelux reported their Q3 numbers this week, with mixed results for their respective TV services. Swisscom has struggled to increase its TV base in what the company regularly describes as a saturated market. The operator did see its TV numbers rise by a modest 0.7% year-on-year, […]

EU close to decision on whether to give UK’s CMA final say on Virgin-O2 merger

  The EU’s antitrust chief is close to a decision on whether Britain will be allowed to rule on the proposed merger of Liberty Global’s Virgin Media and Telefónica’s O2. The £31 billion merger was first announced in May, but has faced hurdles over regulatory responsibilities due to Brexit. The EU initially had until November […]

Liberty Global’s Fries: infrastructure separation could be ‘interesting’

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has hinted that the cable giant may look at opportunities to spin off and merge its infrastructure with that of partners to create scale and enable the more efficient build-out of fibre. Speaking on a panel at the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tech Expo Virtual Experience, Fries said that it was “becoming clear […]

Liberty Global passes threshold for Sunrise acquisition

Liberty Global’s Swiss subsidiary UPC Switzerland has secured 82% of the share capital of mobile-focused service provider Sunrise following its public tender offer for the company. The number of Sunrise shares tendered meant that Liberty was able to claim that, subject to confirmation, the minimum acceptance threshold of two thirds of Sunrise’s shares had been […]

Virgin Media Ireland launches new Virgin TV 360 connected platform

Virgin Media Ireland has launched a new TV platform, Virgin TV 360, which it describes as a new connected entertainment platform delivering Virgin Media’s most advanced and innovative TV service yet. The platform gives viewers a TV experience on all screens, backed by new functionality including voice search and control, an updated user interface, and […]

Hopster added to Virgin Media as free Kids TV Pick bundle benefit

Hopster, the fast-rising pre-school kids app, has been added to the Virgin Media platform in the UK. The app is designed for children aged two to six and promises to provide “a safe, ad-free environment for youngsters to learn through the stories they love.” Content ranges from entertaining classics like Pingu and Sesame Street to […]

Virgin Media adds YouTube Kids

Liberty Global-owned UK operator Virgin Media has added the YouTube Kids app to its TV platform. YouTube Kidis is designed to provide a safe place for children to explore their interests and curiosity through online video. The app, which is available to all Virgin Media customers with a V6 set top box, allows parents to […]