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Liberty Global extends Netflix deal

Liberty Global has renewed and extended its distribution partnership with Netflix. The parties have announced a multi-year deal that will see over 11 million customers have access to the Netflix service. Liberty Global’s Virgin Media was the first TV operator in Europe to launch Netflix within its platform, with the company now noting that half […]

Virgin Media tops Ofcom’s UK pay TV complaints table

Virgin Media generated the highest volume of pay TV complaints of all UK services providers to regulator Ofcom in the third quarter of last year, with Sky generating the lowest. Virgin Media generated 14 complaints per 100,000 pay TV subscribers over the quarter, with 44% of those being related to complaints handling. The other main […]

Cord-cutting comes with ‘pros and cons’ says Liberty Global’s Fries

Cord-cutting comes with “pros and cons” for fixed line operators such as Liberty Global as the industry moves to apps and aggregates streaming services such as Netflix, according to CEO Mike Fries, speaking to CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Fries said that streaming consumers still need a great broadband connection even if […]

UPC Poland launches commercial premises pack, adds to Horizon Go line-up

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland has launched a new offering aimed at pubs and restaurants that includes a range of sports, music, kids and other content from PLN50 (€11.80). The Biznes TV package offers 30 channels including sports services Eurosport 1 HD, Eurosport 2 HD and SportKlub HD, music services 4Fun.TV, MTV Polska HD, […]

Cable Congress: Dutch market provides model for future of broadband industry

The Dutch broadband and connectivity market is one of the most attractive for investment in Europe, with two strong players – KPN and VodafoneZiggo – competing on innovation and the customer proposition, with a third challenger – Tele2 – offering additional competition, according to Christian Fangmann, director, global banking and markets at HSBC. Speaking on […]

FAANG D2C launches provide ‘opportunity for cable’

FAANG companies’ investment in new services is “going to be highly problematic” for cable’s customers because of the cost of aggregating multiple services as well as the complex environment it creates, according to .Miranda Curtis, board member, Liberty Global However, this delivers an opportunity for cable to help guide consumers through the confusing range of […]

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 […]