UPC Netherlands

Ziggo launching new sports channel

Liberty Global-owned Dutch cable operator Ziggo is to launch a new sports channel, Ziggo Sport, on November 12. The channel will focus on major sporting events and will feature a weekly talke-show, Peptalk, and sports-related films and documentaries. The channel will offer what Ziggo describes as a broad range of international and national sports, including […]

Ziggo takes 54% share of the Dutch TV market

Ziggo’s share of the Dutch TV market was almost 54% in the first quarter, following Liberty Global’s buyout of the firm last year, according to Telecompaper stats.  The research firm said that the new Ziggo was the Netherlands’ largest TV provider in Q1, followed by KPN with 27% of the Dutch TV market. However, it warned […]

Ziggo squeeze-out price set out by Dutch court

A Dutch court has ruled that €39.78 per Ziggo share is a fair “squeeze-out price” and ordered all minority shareholders to transfer their shares.  The ruling, which follows Liberty Global’s buyout of the Dutch cable operator last year, will give Liberty control over 100% of the business. The enterprise chamber of the Amsterdam Court of […]

Liberty Global to cut Dutch headcount

Liberty Global has said it will reduce the headcount of its Dutch operations by approximately 450 over the next three years as a result of the merger of its existing UPC Netherlands unit with Ziggo.  The reduction is expected to impact product development, innovation and infrastructure and management staff. The company will close its offices […]

Dutch TV market growth driven by IPTV

The Dutch TV market added 20,000 net additions during the fourth quarter of 2014, driven by mainly by growth in IPTV delivered via DSL or fibre, according to new research by Telecompaper.  The research said that there was a 0.6% increase in digital TV subscribers, which more than offset a 4.6% decline in analogue-only TV […]

UPC Netherlands launches Horizon Extra Mediabox

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Netherlands has launched a multiroom addition to its Horizon advanced TV service, Horizon Extra Mediabox. The service allows viewers to continue viewing programmes launched on their Horizon devices on another screen in the home, among other things. The Extra Mediabox is available to all Horizon customers, free of charge for […]

Horse & Country TV joins UPC Netherlands

Equestrian sports and lifestyle channel Horse & Country TV is to become available to UPC Netherlands cable subscribers as part of a new distribution deal. The channel will be part of the Interactieve Digitale TV Royaal package from April 1 2015. This deal means that H&C TV will now reach more than five million Dutch […]

Liberty Global reorganising European business to improve credit appeal

Liberty Global is to reorganise its European businesses, merging UPC Ireland with Virgin Media and UPC Netherlands with Ziggo to create a simpler debt structure. Reuters reported that co-chief financial officer Charlie Bracken told an investor call yesterday that the new structure was “the culmination of a long journey” that would create a “more investor […]

Liberty moves to delist Ziggo after gaining 95% of shares

Liberty Global has secured control of 95.6% of Dutch operator Ziggo’s shares and is initiating a statutory “squeeze-out” to take 100% control.  Liberty said its delisting of Ziggo and the squeeze-out would begin as soon as possible. The remaining shareholders had the option to tender their shares in a post-closing acceptance period ending at 17:40 […]

Liberty looks to content investments to secure distribution business

Investment in OTT content, free-to-air broadcasting, production outfits and sports rights form four pillars of Liberty Global’s new content investment strategy, according to president and CEO Mike Fries, with all four seen as ways to reinforce the company’s core distribution business. Following Liberty’s sale of its Chellomedia linear channel business to AMC, the company, far […]

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