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Liberty’s Telenet moves into original drama

Days ahead of Netflix’s Belgian launch, Liberty-backed cabler Telenet has unveiled plans for its first original scripted series. Chaussée d’Amour (The Strip of Love) will be a ten-part series made with local prodco deMensen. All episodes of the show will be released simultaneously, the release pattern pioneered by Netflix, on Telenet’s Rio and Rex premium […]

Buyers Briefing: Dan Korn, Discovery Networks Western Europe

Name: Dan Korn Title: Senior VP and head of programming, Discovery Networks Western Europe Discovery’s western Europe programming chief tells TBI what’s working on his pay channels, how Discovery goes about commissioning for its many channels, what types of show it is looking for and what’s coming up in terms of acquired, commissioned and in-house […]

Analysts question US$24.3 billion price tag for Virgin Media

Financial analysts have questioned the price Liberty Global has agreed to pay for UK cable company Virgin Media. The deal has an enterprise value of US$23.3 billion, or almost nine times Virgin Media’s 2012 operating cash flow, and credit ratings agency Moody’s questioned the rationale for paying that much. “Although the transaction will help LGI […]

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 […]

Liberty and Starz complete split

John Malone’s Liberty Media and US cable network Starz have completed their planned split.   Liberty had previously announced its intention to spin off Starz. The process was finalised last Friday and the two are now separately traded public companies and will be trading as such on the US Nasdaq exchange from the start of […]

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 […]