Liberty Global

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Liberty Global plc
Type Public limited company
Traded as NASDAQLBTYA
NASDAQLBTYB
NASDAQLBTYK
NASDAQ-100 Component
Industry Telecommunications
Media
Founded Douglas County, Colorado, United States (2005)
Headquarters London, England, UK
Key people John C. Malone (Chairman)
Michael Fries (President and CEO)
Products Broadband internet, cable television, telephony, mobile, direct-broadcast satellite
Revenue Increase $ 17.3 billion (2013)[1]
Employees 35,000 (December 31, 2013)[2]
Website www.libertyglobal.com

Liberty Global plc (branded as "UPC" in Europe and worldwide better known as just "Liberty") is an international telecommunications and television company. It was formed in 2005 by the merger of the international arm of Liberty Media and UGC (UnitedGlobalCom), and is one of the largest broadband internet service providers outside of the United States.

Liberty Global is since 2013 the worlds largest international cable company, with operations in 14 countries, and 35,000 employees. As of December 31, 2013, it had an annual revenue of $17.3 billion. Its cable services pass 47 million homes, with 24.5 million customers or 48.3 million RGUs (video, internet, and voice subscribers)[3]

Liberty Global is headquartered in London, with offices in Amsterdam and in Douglas County, Colorado.

History[edit]

On June 7, 2013, Liberty Global completed the acquisition of British cable group Virgin Media for $24 billion. In January 2013, Liberty Global raised its stake in Mechelen, Belgium-based Telenet from 50.2% to 58%. Liberty agreed on October 28 to sell Chellomedia for $1.035 billion except for its Benelux unit to AMC Networks.[4]

On January 27, 2014, Liberty Global announced it would be acquiring Dutch cable company Ziggo for €10 billion. The deal is expected to close by the second quarter of 2014, when it is expected to merge with UPC Netherlands.[5]

Platforms[edit]

Horizon TV[edit]

Horizon TV is today Liberty Global's flagship platform with more than 10 million first-generation Horizon TV devices sold.

The first-generation Horizon TV is a cross-platform media platform and DVB-S2 Dual Tuner high-definition DVR/PVR set-top-box, (with the Linux for embedded systems hardware manufactured by Samsung as model "SMT-G7400"), which uses XBMC Media Center software as its main graphical user interface on-top a hidden proprietary middle-ware framework for video on demand and handling DRM for streaming multimedia.[6] It was first announced in September of 2012, and it is also available from Dutch cable operation UPC Netherlands under the brand name "UPC Horizon TV".[7]

The second-generation Horizon TV platform is however no longer based on XBMC, as the second-generation Horizon TV instead uses ActiveVideo's CloudTV platform.[8][9]

Markets[edit]

Europe[edit]

Liberty Global serves 12 countries in Europe, and is the largest cable operator in United Kingdom, Poland, Switzerland, Belgium, Ireland, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic. On February 5, 2013 it was announced that Liberty Global was to buy Virgin Media, which would make it the largest broadband company in the world.[10]

  • Telenet (Belgium) (58% ownership)
    • Television
      • Yelo TV
      • Prime
      • Sporting Telenet
      • Studio 100 TV (Partnership with Studio 100)
    • Sites
      • Zita (Portal)
      • vandaag.be (news site)
    • 9lives
      • 9lives.be
      • 9lives Magazine
    • Triiing
    • Hostbasket
    • Telenet Solutions
  • Ziggo (Netherlands) (takeover pending approval)
  • UPC DTH
    • UPC Direct (Hungary)
    • freeSAT (Czech Republic and Slovakia)
    • Focus Sat (Romania)

America[edit]

Liberty Global's operations in the Americas consists of Liberty Puerto Rico, a provider of pay TV, internet, and telephone services in Puerto Rico and VTR, a Chilean cable provider of television, telephone, mobile and internet services.

Australia[edit]

Liberty Global owned 20% of Showtime movie channels until October 2012 when the channels were taken over by Foxtel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liberty Global Reports Fiscal 2013 Results". Liberty Global. 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Form 10-K". Liberty Global. 2013. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Liberty Global. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  4. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy. (October 28, 2013) AMC Networks To Pay $1B For Liberty Global’s Chellomedia. Deadline.com. Accessed on October 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Briel, Robert (2014-01-27). "Liberty Global to acquire Ziggo for €10bn". Broadband TV News. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  6. ^ http://opensource.samsung.com/reception/receptionSub.do?method=sub&sub=T&menu_item=tv_n_video&classification1=set-top_box Samsung Opensource Release Center TV & Video Set-top Box SMT-G7400
  7. ^ http://www.libertyglobal.com/PDF/horizon/Horizon-TV-FINAL.pdf Liberty Global Launches Horizon TV
  8. ^ http://www.digitaltveurope.net/102442/liberty-global-outlines-horizon-upgrade-plans-future-vision-and-lessons/ Liberty Global outlines Horizon upgrade plans, future vision and lessons
  9. ^ http://www.digitaltveurope.net/99942/liberty-partners-with-activevideo-for-horizon/ Liberty partners with ActiveVideo for Horizon
  10. ^ "Liberty Global to buy Virgin Media for $23.3bn". BBC News. February 6, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 

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