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.
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:
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.
Liberty Global | Date: 2011-05-25
A method for composing an electronic program guide (EPG) metadata file, comprising receiving program metadata and converting the program metadata into a file using a Fast Infoset coding standard. The method is applied in a Metadata search server (MSS) for providing services relating to an electronic program guide (EPG), the MSS (
Liberty Global | Date: 2012-05-23
News Article | November 10, 2015
Mobile phone giant Vodafone hailed an 'important turning point' today as it revealed first-half profits had grown and that the full-year haul will be ahead of previous expectations. The group posted growth in organic service revenues - a closely-watched measure of sales - in the second quarter, up 1.2 per cent against a rise of 0.8 per cent in the first quarter. It also returned to underlying earnings growth in the first half, up 1.9 per cent to £5.8billion, and now expects a the full-year total to come to £11.7-12.0billion, having previously told investors it expected around £11.5billion. Group chief executive Vittorio Colao said: 'We have reached an important turning point for the group.' He added: 'Our customers are benefiting from the significant investments we are making in high speed mobile and fixed networks, as evidenced by the huge growth in demand for data and the increased loyalty to Vodafone services.' Shares in the FTSE 100 listed firm lifted 4 per cent, or 9.1p, at 223.6p in early trading as the robust half-year results and profits upgrade came as a welcome dose of good news for investors after Vodafone recently dashed hopes of a £100billion mega-merger with cable firm Liberty Global. The firm ended talks with Liberty in late September, having sparked speculation over a merger when it said in June it had entered discussions regarding 'a possible exchange of selected assets between the two companies'. While Vodafone had always dismissed talk of a full-blown merger, the City was left disappointed that talks had come to nothing and shares slumped to their lowest level for nearly a year. But in posting half-year results, the group cheered the success of its £19billion Project Spring investment plan, saying it was starting to pay off. Its interim underlying earnings growth marked a sharp reversal of the 10 per cent drop seen a year earlier. On a statutory basis, earnings were 1.7 per cent lower and pre-tax profits fell to £232million in the six months to the end of September, down from £406million a year earlier. Its return to sales growth comes despite ongoing tough conditions across Europe, where revenues fell 1 per cent, offset by a 6.7 per cent surge in Vodafone's fast growing Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific arm. Ian Forrest, at The Share Centre, said: 'This morning, mobile telecommunications company Vodafone reported a surprising set of Q2 results, as service revenues rose 1.2 per cent which was well above the 0.8 per cent expected by analysts. Investors should be aware that this is likely to be due to management reshuffling, improving European markets and investment in its network. 'As a result of today's results, we continue to recommend Vodafone as a 'buy'. The good dividend yield makes this an attractive stock for income seekers who prefer a low to medium level of risk.' In the UK, Vodafone saw further growth in demand for 4G services, with another 1.3million 4G customers signed up in the second quarter, bringing the total to 5.3million at the end of September. Mobile data almost doubled year-on-year as its customers took full advantage of 4G, with Vodafone's coverage now at 82 per cent of the UK population, up from around 50 per cent a year ago. It also extended its consumer fixed broadband offer last month to nearly 22million premises across the UK, and will launch TV services later in its financial year. Mobile service revenues in the UK edged 0.1 per cent higher in the first half despite a hit in the second quarter by regulatory changes meaning that all 0800 calls are now free from mobiles.