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Liberty Global and Vodafone reportedly close to finalising deal

Talks between Liberty Global and Vodafone over the transfer of assets in Germany and central Europe to the latter are in the final stages and a deal could be agreed in the next two weeks, according to the Financial Times. According to the FT, citing unnamed sources, Vodafone is closing in on the elusive deal […]

Liberty Global invests US$7.5m in Samba TV

Liberty Global has invested US$7.5 million in San Francisco-based television data and analytics firm Samba TV. Samba TV said that it will use the cash to expand its TV audience platform footprint to make audiences more addressable and measureable for agencies, brands and broadcasters. “The television markets in Europe are ready for the next generation […]

Liberty Global drops Multimedia Polska takeover

Liberty Global has withdrawn its €690 million takeover offer for Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska, the company has confirmed. Liberty said that it was dropping the deal after “failing to agree on revised commercial terms with the sellers that take into account current regulatory and market conditions.” “We remain confident in the business prospects of our […]

Report: Liberty Global in Swiss talks with Sunrise

Liberty Global is reportedly in early-stage discussions with Swiss service provider Sunrise about combining their businesses in Switzerland. According to a Bloomberg report, the negotiations could lead to a joint venture between Liberty’s UPC Switzerland and Sunrise similar to that struck between Liberty and Vodafone in the Netherlands in 2016. Bloomberg cited unnamed people with knowledge […]

Cheddar raises US$22m from Liberty Global, Antenna and others

Millennial-focused digital news service, Cheddar, has raised US$22 million in funding, with Liberty Global and Antenna Group coming on board as new investors. The US-based ‘post-cable network’ said it would use the cash to strengthen its balance sheet and to move into “Europe and beyond”. “We own all of our IP and now is the […]

Telenet CFO to leave in June

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet’s chief financial officer Birgit Conix is to leave the company at the end of June. Conix, who has served as CFO for five years, is joining tourism group TUI Group. Telenet said it had begun the process of searching for a new CFO. Conix played an important role in […]

MySports passes subscriber milestone

Liberty Global-owned UPC Switzerland’s premium sports channel MySports has secured 50,000 subscribers since its launch in September, according to the company. UPC distributes MySports on its own network and via 15 distribution partners. The service has exclusive rights to Swiss National League ice hockey, which is aired on the MySports Pro channels. Other forthcoming competitions […]

Cable Congress: greater scale key for European cable

Creating greater scale either through horizontal mergers or by building out networks in greenfield areas remains the number one priority for European cable operators, according to a panel of senior executives at Cable Congress in Dublin. The completion of the integration of Kabel Deutschland into Vodafone had provided huge opportunities for the cable business, enabling […]

Liberty Global to use machine learning to target ad market with Liberty Insights

Liberty Global is going on the offensive against tech giants Google and Facebook by working collaboratively with broadcasters and the veracity and scale of data harvested from its own platforms. “There are lots of fears about how big the threat GAFA [Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon] has become and how regulation doesn’t seem to apply […]

Liberty Global CEO: Convergent Europe trending towards ‘national champions’

Europe is trending towards “national champions” as convergence creates two or three service provider leaders in each market, according to Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at Deutsche Bank’s Annual Media, Telecoms and Business Services Conference, Fries said that it was Liberty’s goal to either be one of these ‘national champions’ or to enable one […]

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