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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: full-steam ahead with O2 and Sunrise mergers

Despite a difficult financial climate, Liberty Global is still bullish on its planned mergers and acquisitions. Announcing its financial results, Liberty Global confirmed that it has been impacted by the pandemic, with revenues down by 1.3% on an organic basis including US$40 million in “low margin Covid-19 related factors.” Adjusted EBITDA also saw a dip […]

Telefónica sees OTT growth offset pay TV decline

Telefónica’s TV base continued to grow in the third quarter thanked to the continued success of its OTT offerings, with its traditional cable and IPTV subscriber numbers declining. Overall, the international telco had 8.14 million pay TV customers at the end of the quarter, down 5.4% year-on-year, with a decline from 8.243 million in the […]

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 […]

Telefónica launches Fortnite Living app on Movistar+

Telefónica has announced a partnership with Epic Games to bring the Fortnite Living app exclusively to its Movistar+ TV platform. Videogame Fortnite first launched in 2017 and, since gaining significant investment from Tencent, has developed into one of the largest media properties in the world. The title arguably has become its own entertainment platform complete […]

November 5 deadline for Virgin Media/O2 merger EU approval

The EU’s antitrust regulators have set a deadline of November 5 to decide on the proposed merger of Liberty Global’s Virgin Media and Telefónica’s O2. First announced in May, the 50-50 merger promises to create a major competitor to UK market leader BT. It will combine the fixed line and TV offers of Virgin with […]

Telefónica appeals to start-ups for new TV app experiences

Telefónica has launched a programme aimed at start-ups that wish to develop apps for its television platform, Movistar+. The Telefónica Activation Programme: Living Apps invites start-ups to develop new digital home experiences for the company’s customers. Telefónica said it was opening up the possibility for entrepreneurs to take these television apps to more than one […]

Movistar+ launches on Apple TV

Telefónica has made its pay TV service Movistar+ available on Apple TV – the latest move by TV operators to expand their footprint beyond the confines of the operator-controlled set-top box. The operator said that the move represented another step in the expansion of the ecosystem of devices through which its TV platform is available […]

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