Liberty Global


Liberty Global commercial chief departs in major reorganisation

Liberty Global is to decentralise its organisation in a series of steps that will reflect its reduced scale post the sale of assets to Vodafone, the first of which sees the departure of Diederik Karsten, the company’s chief commercial officer. Liberty Global said that the departure of Karsten, who has served with the company since […]

T-Mobile Austria launches UPC TV app on mobile network

T-Mobile Austria has launched the UPC TV app on its mobile network and on the Amazon Fire TV streaming device. The move means that an offering of around 100 TV channels is now available to UPC customers in Austria on the T-Mobile and tele-ring mobile networks, enabling them to view content on the move or […]

Liberty Global sells DTH business to M7

Liberty Global is to sell its central and eastern European DTH business to international pay TV operator M7 Group for €180 million. Liberty’s DTH satellite operations currently serve four central and eastern European markets: Hungary under the UPC Direct Brand, the Czech Republic and Slovakia under the freeSAT brand and Romania under the FocusSat brand. […]

EC opens in-depth investigation into Vodafone-Liberty Global deal

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Vodafone’s proposed acquisition of Liberty Global’s business in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania, citing competition fears. The EC said that its initial market investigation raised concerns that the takeover may reduce competition in: Germany, where Vodafone and Liberty Global operate non-overlapping coaxial cable networks; […]

VodafoneZiggo renews exclusive Premier League deal

Liberty Global and Vodafone Dutch joint venture VodafoneZiggo’ Ziggo Sport has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights to English Premier league football in the Netherlands for the next three seasons, renewing the existing partnership between the company and the league. VodafoneZiggo said that coverage of the Premier League would be available to subscribers via the Ziggo […]

UPC Poland adds download-to-view to Horizon Go

Liberty Global-owned Polish cable operator UPC Polska has introduced download to view on its Horizon Go mobile TV product. The new feature allows Horizon Go users to download video-on-demand content to their mobile device for offline viewing. The new functionality is available for users of iOS and Android devices. The download feature can be used […]

Fries: Liberty’s sale of assets is ‘important inflection point for cable’

Liberty Global’s sale of assets marks “a pretty important inflection point for European cable” following a period of organic and acquisition growth for the company, according to CEO Mike Fries, speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference yesterday. He said that cable in Europe now faces telecom competitors that are “pretty darn good […]

Liberty Global partners with Cadent on addressable TV ads

Liberty Global has partnered with addressable TV advertising platform, Cadent, as it looks to step up its targeted advertising efforts. Virgin Media in the UK will be the first Liberty Global subsidiary to deploy the Cadent platform, which will allow it to deliver different targeted ads to households during the same program. Cadence’s platform is […]

EU reportedly set to launch full investigation of Liberty-Vodafone deal

The EU is likely to launch a full investigation of Liberty Global’s planned sale of its German and central European assets to Vodafone, according to a Reuters report, citing an unnamed source. The opening of an in-depth investigation by the EU would imply that the EC will reject the request by the German competition regulator, […]

Virgin Media customers with Netflix ‘happier and more loyal’

Virgin Media customers who adopt Netflix via the Virgin Media platform are happier and more loyal than subscribers who don’t take up the SVOD service, and the cable operator’s customers are more likely to subscribe to Netflix than non-customers, according to research by the Liberty Global-owned company. While UK households’ adoption of Netflix stands at […]

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