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US billionaire John Malone's cable group, Liberty Global, has agreed to buy the UK's Virgin Media in a cash and stock deal worth $23.3bn (

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"In the UK, it will be the second biggest pay-TV business after BSkyB." ... the second largest out of two :p (excluding the recent IPTV offerings of course)
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[quote name='Stephen' timestamp='1360147112' post='595504640']
"In the UK, it will be the second biggest pay-TV business after BSkyB." ... the second largest out of two :p (excluding the recent IPTV offerings of course)
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I'd have to say compared with Sky and Virgin Media the IPTV offerings in the UK take a tiny percentage.

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Not sure if this is good or bad news.

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Wont affect me, no cable in my street as its a new estate so they won't lay any down.

good to see Branson is planning his next space mission with some pocket money

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Surprised at how fast this has happened. Read an article yesterday detailing that Virgin Media was in takeover talks and then this morning it was all agreed lol

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Branson has nothing to do with Virgin Media - they simply licence the name.

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[quote name='Gaffney' timestamp='1360147995' post='595504668']
Not sure if this is good or bad news.
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Hopefully it's not bad. I recently switched to VM for broadband and have been very happy with their offering and service. I'd hate to see the new owner run the business down.

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[quote name='watkinsx2' timestamp='1360148608' post='595504690']
Branson has nothing to do with Virgin Media - they simply licence the name.
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Richard Branson owns a 15% stake in Virgin Media (or used too I would guess, not sure if he would keep any stake under this deal).

[url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Branson"]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Branson[/url]

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I'm sorry, who? Let's hope they don't make Virgin worse. For me, they're the best provider. Their customer service is abysmal but the service they offer is actually pretty awesome.
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I've never heard of "Liberty Global"? just looked it up and it says they own in the USA "Liberty Cablevision" I assume that is just Cablevision the cable provider?... which seems to be the only US company they own? seems they own more european stuff then anything

Edit: maybe it's not cablevision, just did some more research, and it says Liberty Cablevision is a cable company in puerto rico....

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Apparently they operate services in 14 different countires, and with the purchase of Virgin Media will become the world's biggest broadband supplier....

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