Liberty Global

Liberty Global to acquire Switzerland’s Sunrise

Liberty Global has agreed to acquire Swiss telecom operator Sunrise in a move that completely turns around its failed sale of UPC Switzerland to Sunrise last year. Liberty has agreed agreed to make an all cash public tender offer for all publicly held shares of Sunrise at a price of CHF110 per share, representing a […]

VodafoneZiggo resumes digital switchover of cable network

Liberty Global and Vodafone’s Dutch JV VodafoneZiggo is to restart the phased digitisation of its cable TV service, suspended earlier due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The company is restarting the operation to fully digitise its analogue cable TV service in the Leiden-Amstelveen and Hoogeveen-Meppel regions,which will see their analogue TV signal shut down on the […]

TV ‘hugely impactful’ on subscriber take-up, says Liberty Global’s Fries

TV remains a crucial part of the multi-play bundle and a profitable one for Liberty Global, according to CEO Mike Fries, while the falling cost of in-home equipment means that gross margins from the video business remain high. Speaking to analysts after the company posted its Q2 earnings, Fries said that “the vast majority of […]

Liberty Global returns to customer growth, O2 JV ‘on track’

Liberty Global has been able to confirm its full-year financial guidance after turning in solid Q2 results that saw revenue fall as a result of the impact of COVID-19, adjusted EBITDA remain flat, and subscriber numbers rise thanks to a rebound in the UK. Revenue dropped by 4.5% to US$2.723 billion as a result of […]

Telenet sees convergence growth as TV base dips

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet saw continued growth in its fixed-mobile convergence base of customers in Q2, while pay TV numbers were broadly flat. The operator had 598,900 converged customers at the end of the period, up 28% year-on-year, with penetration of its overall base now standing at around 29%. The higher proportion of […]

UPC Switzerland and Swisscom in landmark reciprocal sports deal

Liberty Global-owned UPC Switzerland has struck a reciprocal agreement for the distribution of its premium sports offering, MySports, and Swisscom-backed pay TV offering Teleclub on each other’s platforms. From this autumn, UPC and Swisscom customers will have equal access to live sport content from both services, further details of the commercial offerings will be made […]

Virgin Media adds Sky Cinema channels to Go app

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has added Sky’s Sky Cinema channels, as well as movies on demand, to its Virgin TV Go app for the first time. Previously, Virgin Media TV customers have had to use the dedicated Sky Cinema app to watch movies on their chosen device. The company said that the new feature will […]

Higgins promoted to lead commercial strategy for Virgin Media Ireland

Virgin Media Ireland has announced the promotion of Paul Higgins to the role of VP of commercial. Higgins joined the Liberty Global-owned operator five years ago, and most recently served as consumer director. Prior to Virgin, he held senior commercial positions in the telecommunications, media, technology and FMCG sectors in Ireland, the UK and Australia. […]

ViacomCBS launches Pluto TV on Virgin Media

ViacomCBS has announced the launch of the Pluto TV app on Virgin Media. The free-to-view AVOD offers access to more than 100 thematically curated linear channels and an extensive on-demand library with more than 1,000 titles such as British drama The Commander and Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. Pluto TV can be found on Virgin Media […]

Virgin Media reveals impact of coronavirus on TV consumption

Liberty Global-owned UK service provider Virgin Media has unveiled statistics revealing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on TV viewing habits, with the operator reporting a 10% increase in customers watching TV compared to pre-lockdown, and with customers watching an extra 41 minutes per day on average. Saturday March 28 was the busiest day for […]