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Liberty Global confirms US$23 billion Virgin Media deal

Liberty Global and Virgin Media have agreed a deal whereby the international service provider will acquire the UK’s sole large-scale cable operator in a stock and cash merger valued at approximately US$23.3 billion in enterprise value terms, including debt. The deal gives Virgin Media an equity value of US$16 billion.   Virgin Media shareholders will […]

Liberty Global ups stake in Telenet

Liberty Global has increased its stake in Belgian cable operator Telenet to over 58% after making a cash offer for shares in the company that it did not already own. Liberty Global intends to align the strategy and operations of Telenet with the rest of the international cable company. Liberty Global will also seek to […]

Switzerland’s Cablecom launches Horizon

Switzerland’s UPC Cablecom today becomes the second Liberty Global-owned cable operator to launch the next-generation Horizon set-top box, following last September’s launch in the Netherlands. The Horizon box offers features including a 3D user interface and the ability to record up to four channels at any one time and enables users to view TV programmes […]

LG makes “too low” Telenet offer

Liberty Global has made a per share offer of €35 for the remaining stake it does not own in Belgian cable operator Telenet. The European cable giant made the offer despite previous protestations from Telenet that the offer is too low. The Belgian cabler claims independent valuation specialists Lazard put a valuation range for the […]

Liberty Global to buy back US$1b of stock

International pay TV platform operator Liberty Global has said it plans to buy back another US$1 billion of its own shares. The company, which has pay TV operations in thirteen countries and also owns Chellomedia, has already been aggressively buying back its stock. Liberty embarked on a stock repurchase programme in 2005, since when it […]

Netflix bumped from Nasdaq 100 Index

Netflix has been dropped from the list of the top 100 companies on the US Nasdaq exchange and Discovery and Liberty Global have been added. Netflix’s share price has risen and fallen dramatically in recent times following key events including an aborted plan to split its service into separate streaming and delivery offerings  and its […]

Chellomedia expands management team

Chellomedia has announced a management shake-up that includes two new appointments. The Liberty Global-owned channel operator has appointed Simon Freer as chief commercial officer. In addition to overseeing revenue growth in the existing portfolio of 66 channels, the former global head of TMT at private equity firm 3i Group will lead Chellomedia’s corporate development team […]

Chellomedia’s Panda moves into original programming

Canal Panda has made its first major move into original content with the commission of a live-action series featuring its iconic mascot. The Portuguese channel, which is run by Liberty Global’s content division Chellomedia and Portuguese pay TV platform Zon, ordered the series from Iberian producer Coral Europa. The 52x10mins show, Bairro do Panda, follows […]

Chello buys 150 hours from BBC Worldwide

Chellomedia, the content arm of Liberty Global, has acquired a 150 hour package of programmes from BBC Worldwide for its Film Mania and Film Café pay TV channels in Central Europe. The deal includes drama series Death in Paradise, which will have its regional debut on the Chello’s channels in Hungary and Romania. Other drama […]

The vision for Sky Vision

Carl Hall and Sophie Turner Laing tell TBI about how the freshly minted Sky Vision will be adding Sky’s upcoming original dramas to its slate as well as working with Sky News and Sky Sports to bring new programming to market. Distribution guarantees mean Sky can fully fund Plans to package and sell Sky News […]

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