German cable operator association FRK has called for open access to be imposed as one of the concessions for regulatory approval of the rumoured acquisition of Liberty Global’s German cable subsidiary Unitymedia by Vodafone.
The long-expected plan by Vodafone to buy Liberty Global’s cable assets in Germany and parts of Eastern Europe is said to be in the final stages.
Western European pay-TV will gain subscribers between 2017 and 2023. Although this only represents a 2.6% increase, the Western Europe Pay TV Forecasts report estimates nearly 3 million more subs to take the total to 106 million.
Liberty Global’s UPC Polska has decided to withdraw its application to take over Multimedia Polska, Poland’s third largest cable operator.
Liberty Global is in talks with Sunrise Communications Group about a potential partnership to combine and expand their businesses in Switzerland, reports Bloomberg with reference to people having knowledge of the matter.
Cheddar, the self-styled post cable news network, has received $22 million (€17.9m) towards the launch of a second network and take itself international.
The uncertainty surrounding its proposed sale to UPC is starting to impact on the Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska.
Vodafone’s CEO Vittorio Colao has strongly criticised the claims by Deutsche Telekom’s CEO Tim Höttges that its plans to buy assets from Liberty Global in Germany were “totally unacceptable” and should be blocked by regulators.
German telco Deutsche Telekom would oppose the sale of Liberty Global’s German cable subsidiary Unitymedia to Vodafone and calls for regulators to block any such deal.
Liberty Global considers strengthening its Swiss cable subsidiary UPC through acquisitions.