Liberty Global


Liberty Global’s Fries looking to Belgian merger, fixed-mobile convergence

Liberty Global is hoping part-owned Belgian operator Telenet will take advantage of the renewed sale of Wallonia-region cable operator Voo to create a national-scale player in the country, according to CEO Mike Fries.  Speaking at the Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecom conference online last week,  Fries said that the acquisition of Voo by […]

EC passes Virgin Media-O2 merger back to UK regulator

The European Commission has acceded to a request by the UK competition regulator, the CMA, to review the planned merger between Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media and Telefónica’s O2. The CMA lodged its request soon after the EU started its investigation into the merger in October. The decision means that the CMA will now begin a […]

Liberty Global wraps up speedy Sunrise acquisition

Liberty Global has confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of Swiss operator Sunrise. The completed deal is something of a fast turnaround, considering it was announced exactly three months ago. At the time, Liberty said that the combination of Sunrise and its Swiss business UPC would generate revenues of CHF3.1 billion (€2.87 billion) with […]

Virgin Media launches TV 360 platform

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has launched Virgin TV 360, its new pay TV platform to rival Sky Q. The platform is described as ‘the new way to watch Virgin TV,’ and comes with a refreshed user interface along with a voice-control enriched remote. Similar to Sky Q, the platform is based around one primary set-top […]

Virgin Media switches on gigabit broadband in Northern Ireland

Virgin Media has announced the switch-on of gigabit broadband across its entire network in Northern Ireland, giving nearly 400,000 homes the ability to reach average download speeds of 1,104Mbps. The news follows on from a similar switch-on across the border in the Republic of Ireland in August. The Liberty Global-owned operator said that it has […]

Canal+ Polska launches IPO with OTT in mind

Pay TV operator Canal+ Polska has launched its planned IPO, which will see up to 49% of the company free-floated on the stock exchange, with commercial broadcast group TVN Media offering up to 32% of the company’s share capital and Liberty Global Ventures offering up to 17%. Vivendi-owned Canal+ Group is not selling any of […]

EU close to decision on whether to give UK’s CMA final say on Virgin-O2 merger

  The EU’s antitrust chief is close to a decision on whether Britain will be allowed to rule on the proposed merger of Liberty Global’s Virgin Media and Telefónica’s O2. The £31 billion merger was first announced in May, but has faced hurdles over regulatory responsibilities due to Brexit. The EU initially had until November […]

Swisscom begins airing MySports but UPC hit with CHF30m fine

Swisscom has added Liberty Global-owned rival UPC Switzerland’s premium sports service MySports to its TV offering, bringing the country’s popular ice hockey league games to its customers. The move, which follows a reciprocal deal struck between the pair in July whereby the pair agreed the distribution of iMySports, and Swisscom-backed pay TV offering Teleclub on […]

Liberty Global passes threshold for Sunrise acquisition

Liberty Global’s Swiss subsidiary UPC Switzerland has secured 82% of the share capital of mobile-focused service provider Sunrise following its public tender offer for the company. The number of Sunrise shares tendered meant that Liberty was able to claim that, subject to confirmation, the minimum acceptance threshold of two thirds of Sunrise’s shares had been […]

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