HBO to shut channels in the Netherlands

HBO is set to close its channels in the Netherlands at the end of the year. The premium pay TV network will cease to distribute its linear channels HBO1, HBO2 and HBO3 in the country on December 31. Its dedicated on-demand services HBO GO and HBO On Demand are due to go dark at the […]

Ziggo to raise fresh debt

Liberty Global’s Dutch subsidiary Ziggo has signalled its intention to raise new debt to the tune of €3.2 billion. Ziggo Secured Finance will offer €2.575 billion in senior secured notes due in 2027, which may be denominated in euros or US dollars. At the same time, Ziggo Bond Finance will offer senior notes, also due […]

EC gives greenlight to Vodafone-Liberty Global JV

The European Commission has cleared Vodafone and Liberty Global’s joint venture in the Netherlands on the condition that Vodafone sell its consumer fixed-line business in the country. The EC also rejected an appeal by The Netherlands for the Dutch regulator to have the deal referred back to it. The Commission said that the merger of […]

Liberty and Vodafone reportedly on brink of securing approval

Liberty Global and Vodafone are set to secure EC approval for their planned Dutch joint venture after offering relatively minor concessions, according to Reuters. Citing two unnamed sources, the news agency reported on Friday that the pair were set to win approval for the deal from the Commission’s competition authority. The EC is scheduled to […]

Vodafone UK CEO to lead Liberty joint venture

Vodafone and Liberty Global have said they intend to appoint Vodafone UK CEO, Jeroen Hoencamp, as the chief executive of their 50-50 joint venture in the Netherlands. Under the plans, which were announced today, Ziggo chief finance officer, Ritchy Drost, will become CFO of the merged entity – which will combine Liberty-owned Ziggo’s fibre broadband […]

Vodafone and Liberty Global offer concessions for Dutch merger

Vodafone and Liberty Global have offered unspecified concessions in an attempt to gain EC approval for the planned merger of their Dutch operations. The pair have filed their offer with the EC, but without making details public. The EC is now provisionally due to rule on the merger at the beginning of next month. Earlier […]

Ziggo adds Italian package

Liberty Global-owned Dutch cable operator Ziggo is to add an Italian package to its Horizon advanced TV service. The TV Italiano package will include Rai Uno, Rai Due, Ri Tre, Rai Storia , Rai News 24 and Mediaset Italia. The move follows agreements signed with pubcaster Rai and commercial broadcaster Mediaset for the launch of […]

Ziggo rebrands business offering

Liberty Global-owned Dutch cable operator Ziggo has rebranded the business-to-business activities formerly marketed under the names of two subsidiaries as Ziggo Business. The operator has folded the former Esprit Telecom and Zoranet brands and will market all business activities under the Ziggo Business brand from now on. Ziggo is also broadening its enterprise offering with […]

Scripps channels launch on Ziggo

Scripps Networks’ Food Network and Fine Living channels are to be launched on Dutch cable operator Ziggo’s platform as part of the programmer’s pan-regional deal with Liberty Global. The channels offer content including top rating titles Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives and Chopped on Food Network, and Fixer Upper and House Hunters on Fine Living. Series […]