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EC opens in-depth investigation into Vodafone-Liberty Global deal

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Vodafone’s proposed acquisition of Liberty Global’s business in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania, citing competition fears. The EC said that its initial market investigation raised concerns that the takeover may reduce competition in: Germany, where Vodafone and Liberty Global operate non-overlapping coaxial cable networks; […]

New on-demand service FOXNOW and National Geographic+ to launch in Spain

Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa has launched FOXNOW, the latest iteration of its VOD strategy, in Spain through an exclusive distribution agreement with Vodafone, with plans to follow up with a launch of the group’s new factual on-demand service National Geographic+. The launch on Vodafone’s network marks the debut of FOXNOW in Europe. The […]

Fries: Liberty’s sale of assets is ‘important inflection point for cable’

Liberty Global’s sale of assets marks “a pretty important inflection point for European cable” following a period of organic and acquisition growth for the company, according to CEO Mike Fries, speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference yesterday. He said that cable in Europe now faces telecom competitors that are “pretty darn good […]

Vodafone Spain to offer Amazon Prime free for one year

Vodafone España is to give subscribers a year’s free subscription to Amazon Prime ahead of integrating Prime Video with its TV offering. Vodafone One customers and customers of Vodafone’s Red mobile plans will qualify for one year’s free subscription to Amazon Prime, valued at €36. Vodafone said that its customers would be able to enjoy […]

EU reportedly set to launch full investigation of Liberty-Vodafone deal

The EU is likely to launch a full investigation of Liberty Global’s planned sale of its German and central European assets to Vodafone, according to a Reuters report, citing an unnamed source. The opening of an in-depth investigation by the EU would imply that the EC will reject the request by the German competition regulator, […]

Vodafone Spain launches device ‘between smartphone and wearable’

Vodafone Spain has launched Palm, a new category of digital device the size of a credit card that the company says “combines the best features of connectivity of wearables and smartphones”. Vodafone said that Palm was the first product in a new ‘ultra-mobile’ category of device. Vodafone’s OneNumber offering allows subscribers to use Palm with […]

Vodafone Portugal targets hospitality TV market

Vodafone Portugal has launched a new television services aimed specifically at the hospitality market. Vodafone said that Guest TV enables hotels to offer personalised content to guests and helps them deliver digital marketing aimed at their clientele. The service allows hotels, among other things, to programme welcome messages to individual guests, supports different languages and […]

Liberty Global CFO rules out big acquisitions as company mulls strategic options

Liberty Global will use proceeds from the sale of its German and CEE businesses to Vodafone principally to return cash to investors in the form of buybacks and has no plans for big acquisition, according to Charlie Bracken, the company’s EVP and CFO, speaking at the Morgan Stanley European Media & Technology conference last week. […]

Vodafone Portugal launches My Family mobile and TV app

Vodafone Portugal has launched a new family-oriented mobile and TV app, enabling customers to set parental controls of WiFi and the Vodafone TV box. The Vodafone My Family app includes features such as calendars and shared shopping lists as well as parental control functions, and allows notifications to be sent whenever a family member enters […]

Vodafone and Orange set for Amazon Prime Video in Spain

Vodafone and Orange’s Spanish units are both set to incorporate Amazon Prime Video into their offerings. Vodafone today announced a deal that will see it become the first Spanish operator to commercialise Amazon’s voice assistants Echo and Echo Dot as part of its smart home portfolio. Vodafone director of products and innovation Blanca Echániz also […]

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