Vodafone confirms Liberty Global Netherlands talks

Vodafone has confirmed that it is in discussions with Liberty Global about creating a joint venture in the Netherlands. In a statement responding to recent media speculation,Vodafone said the firms are discussing a tie-up that would incorporate both companies’ local operating businesses. However, it stressed that “the discussions are ongoing and do not extend beyond […]

‘Liberty Global-Vodafone merger talks back on’

Talks between Liberty Global and Vodafone have been revived in recent weeks with a potential £140 billion (US$206.9 billion) merger in the offing, according to a UK press report. According to the Daily Mail, Liberty chairman John Malone (pictured) instigated new merger talks in the past few weeks, and major investors for both Liberty and Vodafone […]

Vodafone-Liberty Global talks terminated

Vodafone has said that talks with Liberty Global about a possible asset swap have been terminated. In a statement issued today, Vodafone confirmed that the early-stage discussions – regarding a possible exchange of “selected assets” – will not go any further. The news comes after Liberty Global chairman, John Malone (pictured), signalled earlier this month […]

Netflix partners with Vodafone Italy

Netflix has partnered with Vodafone in Italy, with the operator due to introduce exclusive promotional offers that will bundle Netflix subscriptions with fibre or 4G services. The deal, which comes ahead of Netflix’s launch in Italy next month, is designed to make it easy for Italians to sign up and pay for their monthly Netflix […]

Liberty-Vodafone deal stalls

Liberty Global chairman John Malone is still seeking some sort of deal with Vodafone, but has so far failed to find an agreement that he could propose to shareholders, the cable mogul has told Bloomberg. In an interview with Bloomberg, Malone said the pair had not been able to come up with an asset swap […]

Vodafone inks Netflix Spain deal

Vodafone Spain has signed up to provide Netflix on its platform, the first such deal struck by the streaming video provider in the country. Using the Netflix app, Vodafone TV homes will be able to watch Netflix content through their set–top box. Netflix will be available through Vodafone TV when Netflix launches in Spain in […]

Vodafone confirms Liberty Global talks

Vodafone has confirmed that it is in early stage discussions with Liberty Global about a “possible exchange of selected assets”, but not a full merger. “There is no certainty that any transaction will be agreed, nor is there certainty with respect to which assets will ultimately be involved,” said Vodafone in a statement today. “Vodafone […]

Niche content ‘now economically viable’

The content market is polarising with niches “now economically viable,” according to former Amazon executive Daniel Winner. Speaking at the Future of Media Distribution conference in London yesterday, Winner, who was until recently head of UK business development for Amazon’s Appstore, said that he believes there are potential innovation opportunities around niche content. “We’ve been […]

News brief: Vodafone eyes November for UK pay TV

Vodafone is aiming to launch its British pay TV service in November, according to UK reports. The telco is expected to launch a new settop and cloud-based TV service later this year, allowing it to offer a quad-play of fixed and mobile telephony, broadband and TV. UK newspaper The Telegraph reports that Vodafone is setting […]

UK Premier League rights auction could top £5bn

The cost of the current UK TV auction for live Premier League football from 2016/17 to 2018/19 could top £5 billion (US$7.6 billion) for the first time, according to new research. Ampere Analysis predicts that, based on past auctions, there will be a “competitive base rate inflation” of between 55% and 65% in cost per […]