Virgin Media

Telefónica sees pay TV fall and OTT rise as it commits to full fibre coverage

Telefónica has posted Q2 numbers that saw its global pay TV base decline by 6% year-on-year to 8.243 million. The telco did however grow its OTT TV base, up 26% year-on-year to 1.4 million. Telefónica has meanwhile committed to 100% fibre network coverage of Spain by 2025.The commitment was made as part of a new […]

Virgin Media taps Globecast for pop-up playout

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has tapped media services provider Globecast to provide playout for its pop-up HD exercise channel Get Moving. Virgin Media initially launched the channel itself but then turned to Globecast for fully-managed playout of the service, which was targeted at lockdown-confined consumers looking for ways to exercise. Globecast is providing Cinergy-based playout […]

Virgin Media adds Sky Cinema channels to Go app

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has added Sky’s Sky Cinema channels, as well as movies on demand, to its Virgin TV Go app for the first time. Previously, Virgin Media TV customers have had to use the dedicated Sky Cinema app to watch movies on their chosen device. The company said that the new feature will […]

ViacomCBS launches Pluto TV on Virgin Media

ViacomCBS has announced the launch of the Pluto TV app on Virgin Media. The free-to-view AVOD offers access to more than 100 thematically curated linear channels and an extensive on-demand library with more than 1,000 titles such as British drama The Commander and Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. Pluto TV can be found on Virgin Media […]

Virgin Media reveals impact of coronavirus on TV consumption

Liberty Global-owned UK service provider Virgin Media has unveiled statistics revealing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on TV viewing habits, with the operator reporting a 10% increase in customers watching TV compared to pre-lockdown, and with customers watching an extra 41 minutes per day on average. Saturday March 28 was the busiest day for […]

UK seeks final say on Virgin Media-O2 merger from EU

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is set to ask Brussels for full control over the review and approval of the proposed merger of Liberty Global’s Virgin Media and Telefónica’s O2. The merger, announced at the beginning of May, has a proposed valuation of £31 billion, and promises to create “a stronger fixed and […]

Virgin Media refreshes bundles

Virgin media has announced a massive refresh of its bundle packages. The move is designed to allow customers access to Virgin’s M500 Fibre broadband (average speeds of 516Mbps) with any package. This top-tier broadband was previously only available as a part of its ‘Ultimate Oomph’ bundle. In addition, Virgin is introducing 18 month contracts across […]

Fries: Virgin Media-O2 merger is ‘huge opportunity’ to target wider market

Liberty Global’s agreement with Telefónica to combine Virgin Media and O2 in the UK presents a big chance to cross-sell products, including potentially targeting lower-end customers, according to Liberty CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at Bank of America Securities’ 2020 Telecom & Media Conference online, Fries said that some 80% of Virgin customers have some other […]

Liberty Global sees ‘some logic’ in Benelux combination but major challenges stand in way

Liberty Global sees “some compelling logic” in a combination of Belgian operator Telenet and its Dutch JV VodafoneZiggo, according to CEO Mike Fries, although such a combination is probably too complex to happen any time soon. Speaking online for a Bank of America Securies Telecom & Media Conference, Fries said there was “some compelling logic […]

Virgin Media takes STV nationwide and adds All 4

Virgin Media has extended the reach of STV Player, the TV app from Scottish commercial broadcaster STV to its entire footprint, giving the latter broader coverage across the UK, and has also added UK pubcaster Channel 4’s All 4 app to its TV platform. STV has agreed a deal with Virgin Media which will enable […]

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