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Eleven Sports acquires US AVOD specialist Team Whistle

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has acquired US-based sports AVOD specialist Team Whistle in a move that expands its operations to North America. The deal is subject to antitrust regulatory approval.  Eleven said that the acquisition will bring together its 150-plus commercial partners, 20 million-plus users and 30,000 hours of live sport annually with Team Whistle’s […]

Telenet deepens media involvement with Caviar acquisition

Liberty Global-backed Flemish cable operator Telenet has deepened its involvement in the media business by acquiring a 49% stake in production outfit Caviar Group. Caviar, with bases in Brussels, Antwerp and Mechelen, started out as a purely Flemish production company but has expanded internationally, producing TV programmes, including fiction, and advertising content. Telenet, which owns […]

Virgin Media ups Áine Ní Chaoindealbháin to Virgin Media Television deputy managing director

Liberty Global owned Virgin Media has promoted Áine Ní Chaoindealbháin to the role of deputy managing director of Virgin Media Television.  Chaoindealbháin currently serves as Virgin Media Television’s director of operations and takes on a newly created executive position in the business. In her current role, the exec oversees Virgin’s three free-to-air channels in Ireland: […]

Virgin Media Business launches high-capacity Dublin network

Virgin Media Business has deployed Infinera’s XTM Series on its Dublin Virgin Infinity Ring. Virgin Media’s Virgin Infinity Ring is a high-capacity optical network connecting major data centres throughout Dublin, Ireland. The company said that the XTM Series provides Virgin with faster deployment speeds and higher metro aggregation capacity. This translates to secure and fast […]

Virgin Media widens TV 360 to all customers

Virgin Media has announced wider availability of its TV 360 platform. First announced in November 2020, Virgin TV 360 is the operator’s answer to Sky Q with one primary set-top box and mini boxes for around the home. It also introduced a voice control-enabled remote, user profiles and a refreshed user experience built on Liberty […]

Former Virgin Media MD Pat Kiely launches Dublin-based prodco

Former Virgin Media Television MD Pat Kiely has launched BiggerStage, a new Dublin-based production, talent management and commercial partnership venture. The company has been created with the aim of developing original content for the global market and to showcase Ireland as a hub for international TV production. BiggerStage will also represent established broadcasting and entertainment […]

Virgin Media gets Sky UHD channels

Virgin Media has announced a deal with Sky which will bring Ultra HD channels to the pay TV operator. Virgin TV customers subscribed to the top-tier Ultimate Oomph package will gain access to Sky Entertainment and Sky Cinema Ultra HD at no extra cost. The deal will also bring more than 1,300 TV episodes and […]

Virgin Media/O2 merger on course for mid-2021, says Fries

The merger of Virgin Media and O2 is on course, Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has said. Writing to investors in the company’s year-end earnings, the chief exec said that “we are making very positive progress with the UK regulator on the joint venture between Virgin Media and Telefonica’s O2, and continue to anticipate a […]

Liberty Global meets targets in pandemic year

Liberty Global rounded out 2020 meeting its quarterly guidance after a difficult year. The operator reported annual revenue of US$11.98 billion, up 3.8% year-over-year. This was largely buoyed by a positive Q4, in which revenue increased 14.9% year-over-year  Overall, the company saw modest underlying revenue gains in the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium. The […]