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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 […]

Xbox launch contributes to record traffic for ISPs in the UK

A number of UK ISPs saw record amounts of internet traffic on November 10 as Microsoft rolled out its latest generation of games consoles.  Virgin Media said that it experienced the highest amount of data consumption on record, with 108 Petabytes of data consumed. This, the operator said, translated to a total of more than […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Virgin Media Ireland launches new Virgin TV 360 connected platform

Virgin Media Ireland has launched a new TV platform, Virgin TV 360, which it describes as a new connected entertainment platform delivering Virgin Media’s most advanced and innovative TV service yet. The platform gives viewers a TV experience on all screens, backed by new functionality including voice search and control, an updated user interface, and […]

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 […]

Hopster added to Virgin Media as free Kids TV Pick bundle benefit

Hopster, the fast-rising pre-school kids app, has been added to the Virgin Media platform in the UK. The app is designed for children aged two to six and promises to provide “a safe, ad-free environment for youngsters to learn through the stories they love.” Content ranges from entertaining classics like Pingu and Sesame Street to […]

Virgin Media adds YouTube Kids

Liberty Global-owned UK operator Virgin Media has added the YouTube Kids app to its TV platform. YouTube Kidis is designed to provide a safe place for children to explore their interests and curiosity through online video. The app, which is available to all Virgin Media customers with a V6 set top box, allows parents to […]

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