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Old 28-05-2020, 12:48   #361
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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

Exactly as Sky are reducing a lot of their outlets as well.
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Virgin Media to disappear from the UK high street.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/20...et-coronavirus
I would imagine that post-merger, the O2 shops will market Virgin Media's services as well, in the way that the EE shops now market BT services - well, once they reopen, that is!
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Old 28-05-2020, 18:27   #363
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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

I’ve never understood why they were there anyway
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Old 28-05-2020, 18:53   #364
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I’ve never understood why they were there anyway
They were inherited from Virgin Mobile as that's how most mobile phones were sold back in the day.
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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

Virgin Media will freeze its prices this year after scrapping the annual 5% hike

No doubt they'll make it for it with either 2 rises next year or a bumper 10% rise in Autumn 2021.
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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

Just what I was thinking when I read the news
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Virgin Media will freeze its prices this year after scrapping the annual 5% hike

No doubt they'll make it for it with either 2 rises next year or a bumper 10% rise in Autumn 2021.
I'm sure VM would increase its prices if it could. Sadly, we're just at the start of a big recession so organisations like VM will be reluctant to attempt any significant price rises in 2021.
https://www.express.co.uk/finance/ci...on-mean-for-uk
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52986863
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I'm sure VM would increase its prices if it could. Sadly, we're just at the start of a big recession so organisations like VM will be reluctant to attempt any significant price rises in 2021.
https://www.express.co.uk/finance/ci...on-mean-for-uk
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52986863
It's probably as much to do with VM's ability to handle a large volume of inbound calls at the moment too. According to the website, some of their call centres are still closed. Welcome news for customers though.

If I was VM, I'd use this as an opportunity to align with Sky's annual rise in April, so that Sport and Cinema customers don't have quite so many rounds of price rises each year.
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It's probably as much to do with VM's ability to handle a large volume of inbound calls at the moment too. According to the website, some of their call centres are still closed. Welcome news for customers though.

If I was VM, I'd use this as an opportunity to align with Sky's annual rise in April, so that Sport and Cinema customers don't have quite so many rounds of price rises each year.
I think aligning VM's price rises to April is a sensible one although it's not guaranteed that Sky will raise its prices next April, for the reason I outlined.
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I think aligning VM's price rises to April is a sensible one although it's not guaranteed that Sky will raise its prices next April, for the reason I outlined.
Yes, I remember Sky freezing their prices for a year during the recession - it would have been around 2009 or 2010. You probably remember that Virgin used to raise prices in February, but that changed after 2016, when there were two price rises. I guess this year's freeze partly makes up for that double rise.
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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

I'm reading the o2 and three mobile merger is back on potentially after the EU court backed down.

https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.ph...uk-merger.html

What does this mean for o2-virgin media merger?? or will o2 merge with 3 and then merge with virgin media?!

surely the courts wont allow that as it shrinks the market even more
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I'm reading the o2 and three mobile merger is back on potentially after the EU court backed down.

https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.ph...uk-merger.html

What does this mean for o2-virgin media merger?? or will o2 merge with 3 and then merge with virgin media?!

surely the courts wont allow that as it shrinks the market even more
It’s not “back on”.

The reason for it being stopped has been overturned that’s all. O2 have moved on and the joint venture with VM is well on track.

Just goes to show though how damaging EU bureaucracy can be to business. 4 years down the line that decision has taken.
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It’s not “back on”.

The reason for it being stopped has been overturned that’s all. O2 have moved on and the joint venture with VM is well on track.

Just goes to show though how damaging EU bureaucracy can be to business. 4 years down the line that decision has taken.
The EU commission was never going to go against the wishes of Ofcom, CMA and the Government on that decision. It made no sense if I'm honest, its one of the few things I will praise the EU for.

However as you say the JV between VM and O2 is going ahead, there is very litte concern in respect of competition as O2 doesn't have a fixed line network and VM doesn't have its own mobile network. This will likely go through with little issue, plus I doubt the EU Commission will given an opinion anyway considering we are leaving in the next 4 and a bit months.

O2 + Three would have reduced competition, however the JV does not.
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Liberty Global today said it has acquired Swiss telecoms group Sunrise Communications in a deal worth 6.8bn Swiss francs ($7.4bn).

Liberty, which is run by US cable mogul John Malone, said it had agreed to buy Sunrise for 110 Swiss francs a share, representing a 32 per cent premium on the company’s average share price in the 60 days to 11 August...

The deal comes less than a year after Sunrise’s 6.3bn franc attempt to take over Liberty’s Swiss cable business UPC fell through last year.
https://www.cityam.com/liberty-globa...ise-for-7-4bn/
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