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Liberty Global plc is an international telecommunications and television company. It was formed in 2005 by the merger of the international arm of Liberty Media and UGC , and is one of the largest broadband internet service providers outside of the United States.Liberty Global is since 2013 the world's 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 Liberty Global is headquartered in London, with offices in Amsterdam and in Douglas County, Colorado. Wikipedia.


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Liberty Global | Date: 2015-05-28

The present invention enables, in an interactive television system, an input lag optimized display mode (312), e.g. a preconfigured game mode, to be selected in a display device before displaying and using a remote graphical user interface (RGUI). When leaving the RGUI, e.g. because a movie has been selected for playback, the display mode is switched back to the previous display mode, (311,313) i.e. the display mode that was active prior to selecting the input lag optimized display mode. The input lag optimized display mode (312) is set by an instruction from the backend system prior to displaying the RGUI. Switching back to the previous display mode (311,313) is also triggered by an instruction from the backend system.


OTTAWA, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Transforming the viewing experience worldwide, Espial today announced that Aamir Hussain, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of CenturyLink, Inc., the 3rd largest telecommunications service provider in the USA with $18 billion in revenues, will stand for election to Espial’s board of directors at this year’s Annual General Meeting to be held on June 13, 2017. Aamir Hussain, leads product, platforms, infrastructure, cloud, network operations and information technology for CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company that provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services to millions of customers. Prior to CenturyLink, Aamir was the Managing Director & Chief Technology Officer of Liberty Global in Europe (NASDAQ: LBTYA/B/K), one of the largest cable companies in the world serving 48 million RGUs, where he led the technology and network organizations across 13 countries in Europe spanning voice, video, broadband and wireless. While at Liberty Global, Aamir led the development of several next generation video and broadband solutions, along with mobile network solutions across the European cable footprint. Aamir has also held senior executive positions at Covad Communications, AT&T, Qwest and Telus. Aamir has first-hand involvement in launching various next generation video platforms and cloud strategies across multiple operators at both CenturyLink and Liberty Global. Aamir has completed business, telecom and strategy training at Harvard Business School and Insead in France. He also holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from University of South Florida. “As a board, we are continually evaluating and considering candidates to strengthen our board in order to bring new perspectives and thinking” said Peter Seeligsohn, Chairman, Espial. “I am very pleased to announce Aamir Hussain as a nominee to our Board of Directors. There are few in the industry who have Aamir’s depth of knowledge and unique industry perspective, given his European and North American experience and from having held executive roles in both telecom and cable companies. His experience will help Espial further expand in the European cable and broader telecom markets. Aamir’s leadership and strategic perspective will be a valuable addition to our board in shaping future strategy and executing on our goals to the benefit of our shareholders.” “Espial has developed an exciting portfolio of cloud, device and user experience products and solutions. Their recent success across service providers in Europe and North America to launch next generation video services is impressive" said Aamir Hussain. "Our industry is going through a transformation in technology, delivery and business models and Espial’s focus around RDK, IP, and Cloud are important elements in helping service providers evolve to next generation services. I look forward to working with the Board and management to help them achieve their vision." With Espial, video service providers create responsive and engaging subscriber viewing experiences incorporating powerful content discovery and intuitive navigation. Service providers achieve ‘Web-speed’ innovation with Espial’s flexible, open software leveraging RDK and HTML5 technologies. This provides competitive advantage through an immersive and personalized user experience, seamlessly blending advanced TV services with OTT content. With customers spanning six continents, Espial is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with R&D centers in Seattle, Montreal, Silicon Valley, Cambridge and Lisbon, and with sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.espial.com. This press release contains information that is forward looking information with respect to Espial within the meaning of Section 138.4(9) of the Ontario Securities Act (forward looking statements) and other applicable securities laws. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of terms such as "may", "will", "should", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "estimate", "predict", "potential", "continue" or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In particular, statements or assumptions about, economic conditions, ongoing or future benefits of existing and new customer, and partner relationships or new board nominees, our position or ability to capitalize on the move to more open systems by service providers, existing or future opportunities for the company and products (including our ability to successfully execute on market opportunities and secure new customer wins) and any other statements regarding Espial's objectives (and strategies to achieve such objectives), future expectations, beliefs, goals or prospects are or involve forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is based on certain factors and assumptions. While the company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward-looking information, by its nature necessarily involves known and unknown risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements or could cause our current objectives and strategies to change, including but not limited to changing conditions and other risks associated with the on-demand TV software industry and the market segments in which Espial operates, competition, Espial’s ability to continue to supply existing customers and partners with its products and services and avoid being displaced by competitive offerings, effectively grow its integration and support capabilities, execute on market opportunities, develop its distribution channels and generate increased demand for its products, economic conditions, technological change, unanticipated changes in our costs, regulatory changes, litigation, the emergence of new opportunities, many of which are beyond our control and current expectation or knowledge. Additional risks and uncertainties affecting Espial can be found in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial Condition and its Annual Information Form for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. If any of these risks or uncertainties were to materialize, or if the factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking information were to prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those that are expressed or implied by the forward-looking information contained herein and our current objectives or strategies may change. Espial assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.bbc.co.uk

Virgin Media has admitted it was responsible for a fault that prevented some of the company's broadband customers from being able to access Facebook. The unusual glitch had also prevented use of Messenger and Instagram. The telecoms firm had earlier pointed the blame at Facebook itself. The issue started on Tuesday evening and Virgin had initially indicated it would take it longer to resolve than was ultimately the case. "We have now investigated an issue which meant some Virgin Media customers were intermittently not able to access Facebook and Instagram," a spokesman told the BBC. "This was due to an interconnect router going down on Virgin Media's network meaning that some of our DNS [domain name system] requests were not able to contact Facebook servers. "Our fault has now been fixed and we apologise for any inconvenience caused." DNS refers to the internet's address system, which converts www.facebook.com and other addresses into strings of numbers that allow users' computers to connect to the servers behind specific sites and apps. The fault had only affected some of Virgin Media's broadband users and not those trying to connect via its mobile network, which relies on EE. Virgin Media has 5.2 million customers in the UK, according to its owner Liberty Global. The problem coincides with a report from the telecoms regulator Ofcom that said Virgin Media tied with TalkTalk as the broadband providers with the highest proportion of customers who had a reason to complain about their services in 2016. However, the same study indicated that Virgin customers also enjoyed the highest level of overall satisfaction of the major providers. This time round, however, many users took to Twitter to voice their frustration.


Patent
Liberty Global | Date: 2012-11-09

A method for retrieving enhanced metadata. A media content delivery network has a Consumer Premises Equipment (CPE) connected to a server node including a search proxy device. The search proxy device is connected to content servers on a further network. The search proxy device receives a request for information about a media object from the CPE and forms, based on the request, at least one dedicated request for a content server in a format suitable for that content server, transmits the at least one dedicated request to the at least one selected content server over the further network, receives a response from a content server comprising metadata related to the transmitted at least one dedicated request. The search proxy device may translate the received response into a defined format, in particular a defined metadata description format, and transmit a reply comprising metadata in the defined format to the CPE.


Method and system for updating a software program stored and executable in an IP client (6). The IP client (6) is connected to a gateway server (4), which is connected to a head end facility (1) via a network (2). The method comprises interrogating an IP client (6) and receiving from the IP client (6) a current list of software program files including a latest version identifier for each of the software program files, receiving from the head end facility (1) a central list of latest version identifiers of software program files, and comparing the current list with the central list. If for a specific software program file a newer version identifier exists, the software program file associated with the newer version identifier is downloaded from the head end facility (1), and the newer version of the software program file is transferred to the IP client (6).


Patent
Liberty Global | Date: 2013-05-15

The invention provides a method for retrieving enhanced metadata relating to a media object, the method comprising, in a media content delivery network with a Consumer Premises Equipment (CPE) connected via said network to a server node comprising a search proxy device, said search proxy device connected to content servers on a further network,- the search proxy device receiving a request for information about a media object from the CPE ,- the search proxy device forming, on the basis of the request, at least one dedicated request for a content server in a format suitable for that content server,- the search proxy device transmitting the at least one dedicated request to the at least one selected content server over the further network,- the search proxy device receiving a response from a content server comprising metadata related to the transmitted at least one dedicated request,- the search proxy device preferably but not necessarily translating the received response into a defined format, in particular a defined metadata description format,- transmitting a reply comprising metadata in the defined format to the CPE.


Patent
Liberty Global | Date: 2012-10-16

Broadcast server and method for transmitting electronic program guide data to set top boxes via a broadcast network. The broadcast server is arranged to prepare a list of unique entries and associated identifications of the text items received, and to provide a compressed list to the plurality of set top boxes. The broadcast server repeats the following steps for each text item in the list:


This invention relates to a method of setting up a two-way communication session between a customer premises equipment (5) and a first server (3), comprising:a) By said first server (3), periodically broadcasting at a first rate via at least one one-way channel on at least one first frequency a first set of data including at least an address of said first server (3) and a list of possible second frequencies to be used to set up said two-way communication channel between said customer premises equipment (5) and said server (3),b) Upon switching on said customer premises equipment (5), by said customer premises equipment tuning to said at least one first frequency and receiving said first set of data as broadcasted on said at least one first frequency,c) By said customer premises equipment, using said list of possible second frequencies to establish said two-way communication session between said customer premises equipment and said server at one of said second frequencies.


Patent
Liberty Global | Date: 2013-03-06

Method and media gateway (4) for providing network connectivity functionality in a combination of a first network connection formed by the media gateway (4) and a second network connection formed by a generic gateway (2). A first group of IP clients (5) is connected to the media gateway (4), and a second group of IP clients (3) is connected to the generic gateway (2). The media gateway (4) is arranged to receive from the generic gateway (2) local IP addresses associated with the first group of IP clients (5). An attachment link (6) is provided between the media gateway (4) and the generic gateway (2).


Patent
Liberty Global | Date: 2012-08-17

Method and media gateway (4) for providing network connectivity functionality in a combination of a first network connection formed by the media gateway (4) and a second network connection formed by a generic gateway (2). A first group of IP clients (5) is connected to the media gateway (4), and a second group of IP clients (3) is connected to the generic gateway (2). The media gateway (4) is arranged to receive from the generic gateway (2) local IP addresses associated with the first group of IP clients (5). An attachment link (6) is provided between the media gateway (4) and the generic gateway (2).

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