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Liberty Global in move to buy Virgin Media

The Financial Times has the news that Liberty Global is in the process of making a bid for the Virgin Media group.

Liberty Global is a US based operator which owns cable networks in some 13 countries with 20 million customers in total. The US billionaire John Malone who is behind Liberty Global has previously made attempts to buy NTL.

While Virgin Media is linked to Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group that group only has a 3% stake in the business receiving an annual royalty payment for the use of the Virgin name.

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So we can all end up with 250GB caps and double the price like in the US

Great! :/

  • pcoventry76
  • over 4 years ago

I think u can leave without a penalty fee if virgin media had brought out to different company. I am not surprise as virgin media still in bad debts.

  • adslmax
  • over 4 years ago

@adslmax I doubt that would be the case.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 4 years ago

I don't think so either.

  • pcoventry76
  • over 4 years ago

Unless that resulted in higher charges which you could then leave.

I am talking to them right now about leaving because of my slow speeds

  • pcoventry76
  • over 4 years ago

@pcoventry76

Maybe take a look at UPC Netherlands for a better example...

No more STM.

Regardless they can't do much worse than the current owners.

  • otester
  • over 4 years ago

Well when you put it like that I hope it makes an improvement

Ive just paid my disconnection fee and will be leaving in the next week or so. Off to a house with infinity

  • pcoventry76
  • over 4 years ago

@pcoventry76

Just don't make the mistake of going with BT Retail to get FTTC, go with Sky (best option) or at least a BT Wholesale provider like Zen etc.

  • otester
  • over 4 years ago

This goes some way towards explaining why virgin have gone for providing quality headlines instead of a quality service the last few years.

  • Joppy
  • over 4 years ago

otester the only difference is the commercials and the service wrap - the techical speed will be unchanged from a network perspective

  • fastman
  • over 4 years ago

@fastman

Incorrect, backhaul is ISP dependent.

  • otester
  • over 4 years ago

Not had any probs here with my VM120 connection . http://www.speedtest.bbmax.co.uk/results.php?t=1360100165&v=18681975 Does what they say it will do 247.interesting news regarding the story in hand :)

  • djfunkdup
  • over 4 years ago

deal is done. Boards approve deal.

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000146065&play=1

  • finaldest
  • over 4 years ago

@djfunkdup

Issue is generally in urban areas which means congestion.

  • otester
  • over 4 years ago

re:otester ..Based in Glasgow city center here..As urban as you get :),Yea i agree some have issues but in general most don't ..

  • djfunkdup
  • over 4 years ago

djfunkdup, London here and most do. Look at Bristol which has been congested big time for well over a year. Virgin Media is known as a congested and jittery broadband to most.

  • Joppy
  • over 4 years ago

re:Jobby ..Your deluded m8.

  • djfunkdup
  • over 4 years ago

@djfunkdup

One major factor is who originally built the network as VM is the result of many cable networks merged together.

  • otester
  • over 4 years ago

hey otester....think it was NTL here before VM

  • djfunkdup
  • over 4 years ago

@djfunkdup

Telewest is the merger of Croydon Cable (Telewest), Birmingham Cable, Cable London, Eurobell & SBC Communications

NTL is a merger of CableTel (bought and then used NTL name), Comcast UK, ComTel, Diamond Cable, Cable & Wireless.

Virgin Media is the merger of NTL:Telewest and Virgin.net.

  • otester
  • over 4 years ago

I just read their press release.It makes it very clear that they don't give a damn about their customers except as milch cows for so-called "shareholder value", which translates as lining the pockets of their directors. That is the "business model" that led to the present global economic disaster. Thinking of switching.

  • brass4thing
  • over 4 years ago

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