Switzerland


Liberty Global’s Fries mulls Swiss consolidation and a Dutch buyout

Liberty Global is mulling potential consolidation in the Swiss market and a longer-term decision about whether to buy out Vodafone in its Dutch JV, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Fries, speaking at the Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia Conference in the US, said that Switzerland remains a “challenging” market and that Liberty was looking at […]

SRG to shut down Swiss digital-terrestrial network

Swiss public broadcaster SRG is to shut down its digital-terrestrial TV service as part of a cost-cutting drive in a move agreed with the Swiss communications regulator BAKOM. An SRG spokesman told German-language news service Golem.de that operating the DVB-T network did not make economic sense in terms of the use of the organisation’s licence […]

Swisscom reaches 1.5 million TV customers

Swisscom grew its TV base by 3.7% year-on-year after adding 54,000 TV connections in the first six months of the year, reaching a record 1.5 million TV customers at the end of June. The Swiss multi-play operator said that TV and broadband connections continue to grow, with strong demand for inOne bundled offerings continuing in […]

Liberty Global’s MySports launches new channel

Liberty Global-owned UPC Switzerland’s sports broadcast unit MySports is launching a new sports channel, MySports One, ahead of the upcoming hockey season – a key event in the Swiss sporting calendar. The channel, which goes live today, will be distributed via UPC and other operators to digital TV customers. MySports One will be serve as […]

Liberty Global has ‘strong turnaround plan’ for UPC Switzerland

Liberty Global’s struggling Swiss business remains “highly cash-generative” with attractive cash-flow, giving the company “strategic options” as the Swiss market “looks to consolidate and rationalise”, according to CEO Mike Fries. Speaking to analysts as the company posted its Q2 results, Fries said that Liberty had “a pretty strong turnaround plan for Switzerland” but that this […]

Love Nature 4K expands European footprint

Love Nature 4K has agreed two new channel distribution deals in Europe, launching in the Netherlands on Dutch-speaking service KPN and in Switzerland via IPTV platform Swisscom. The move follows the recent debut of Love Nature’s wildlife and nature channel on Virgin Media in the UK and is part of the company’s broader expansion in […]

Swisscom names new network and infrastructure chief

Swisscom has named Christoph Aeschlimann as head of IT, network and infrastructure, replacing Heinz Herren. Aeschlimann will take up his post on February 1 next year, with Herren reducing his working hours to focus on strategic projects and other tasks both inside and outside the company. Herren will also take up additional board responsibilities. Aeschlimann […]

Parrot unveils pattern of demand for digital originals in Switzerland

Netflix’s Star Trek: Discovery was the most ‘in-demand’ digital original series in Switzerland in the first quarter, beating competition including Netflix’s German-language drama Dark, according to a study by Parrot Analytics. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand […]

UPC Switzerland acquires Höfe cable network

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Switzerland has acquired the Höfe region cable network belonging to infrastructure group EW Höfe, leaving its owner to focus on building out a fibre network. The EW Höfe cable network currently serves around 15,000 homes in the region of Höfe on the upper shores of Lake Zurich. UPC Switzerland has […]

Swisscom taps Ateme for virtual headend project

Swisscom has tapped TV technology provider Ateme to provide its Titan virtual encoding platform for its MediaCloud project. Swisscom’s MediaCloud project is designed to create an IPTV virtualized video headend system based on video transcoding to manage numerous TV input formats. Ateme said that its virtualised and containerised transcoder enables Swisscom to enhance its MediaCloud […]

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