17 December 2018 The Irish Film & Television Network
Actors
TV
Crew
Digital
Distribution
Education / Training
Equipment
Festivals / Markets
Finance
Legal
Locations Ireland
Post Production
Production
Rep Bodies
JOBS FILMOGRAPHY NEWS WHO'S WHO DIARY GALLERY IFTA
     
Rep Bodies
Agencies
Representatives
Full Rep/Agency Listings
Who's Who
Rep Bodies News
Site Map
IFTN HOME

Irish Film and Television Network

 »

Rep Bodies

 »

Rep Bodies News



Virgin Media & Liberty Global Chiefs Issue Positive Message Regarding Ireland After Brexit
26 Jul 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Ireland will do well under any Brexit outcome according to Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries.

Attending the company’s annual Overseas Board Meeting which is taking place in Dublin, Mr. Fries said: “I don’t believe there will be a hard Brexit, but Ireland has done a great job of diversifying its exports over the years. In many ways it could become a magnet for companies looking for an English speaking launchpad into Europe. Of course, issues around the border could become complex and challenging but I still feel great about Ireland under any scenario. I still feel it will be a lot smoother than many anticipate.”

Liberty Global’s Irish operations include Virgin Media Ireland and TV3 which will be rebranded as Virgin Media TV on August 30. “Now is the right time to rebrand”, said Mr Fries. “We are doing it from a position of strength and all of the people in TV3 are hugely enthusiastic about it.”

Since being acquired by Liberty Global in 2015, TV3 has moved from a loss-making position to one where it is now strongly profitable.

“We now have a 20 per cent share of the market and our target is to continue growing that share”, said Virgin Media Ireland managing director Tony Hanway. “We are already Ireland’s number two TV broadcaster and enjoy the number one position quite frequently. We are also the clear number one when it comes to commercial impacts – the share of the available advertising market – where we are in the high thirties.”

“The success of TV3 is due to the talented people in there as well as to the capital we have invested”, Mr Fries added. “The €10 to €15 million capital investment is small in comparison to the €1 billion we have invested in Ireland over the years but is still significant.”

The new Virgin Media Sports channel will offer a strong line-up of UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Six Nations Championship, international football matches, and live racing. “It’s all about making the experience better for our customers”, said Mr Fries. “We have experience with sports channels in Holland, Belgium and Switzerland and they have been very successful for us. The bedrock of the sports channel will be the 320 UEFA matches we’ll show each year and we’re looking forward to bringing those to our existing subscribers at no extra charge.”

Looking to the future, Mr Fries said that Liberty Global is primarily in the connectivity business. “We are a meta-aggregator of content. We will provide people will great content both from our own channels and other linear channels, video services, and from other providers like Netflix. Our customers will pay for the content once and be able to access it on any device anywhere. Consumers don’t want to work hard to access the content they and we will make it easier for them to do that. We will shortly introduce a new set-top box which will look as good as anything you get from Apple or others and its functionality will enhance the viewers’ experience still further.”

Mr Fries concluded by saying that the Irish regulatory regime is generally positive. “We quite like the regulatory environment here in Ireland”, he said. “The ability to integrate TV with distribution is very powerful. The mobile market is very stable and there are no access issues to speak of. On balance, we would favour deregulation over more regulation, however. For example, if Eir made the case they were over-regulated we would probably support them on that. Our experience in Europe over the past 10 to 15 years is that when you reduce regulation and unleash companies to compete against each other that’s when the magic happens.”

Liberty Global is the world’s largest international TV and broadband company, with operations in 11 European countries under the consumer brands Virgin Media, Unitymedia, Telenet and UPC. 




BREAKING NEWS
Irish Co-Production 'Dirty God' Acquired by UK Distributor Modern Films
IFTN Festive Q&A with Ann Skelly of 'Death & Nightingales'
Netflix Acquires Ciarán Foy's Eli
New RTÉjr Animated Television Series ‘Critters TV’ in Production

FEATURES & INTERVIEWS
IFTN Festive Q&A with Ann Skelly of 'Death & Nightingales'
Morgan Bushe Talks 'The Belly of the Whale' with IFTN
Free Industry Newsletter
Subscribe to IFTN's industry newsletter - it's free and e-mailed directly to your inbox every week.
Click here to sign up.


RELATED NEWS
Virgin Media Television Announces Busy Schedule for Christmas 2018
07 Dec 2018 
Warner Brothers Ireland Awards Scholarship to IADT National Film School Student
04 Dec 2018 
'Paramedics' Producer Rob King Takes on New 8-Part Discovery/UKTV Series
16 Nov 2018 
Lisa Mulcahy Talks with IFTN
12 Nov 2018 
EDITOR'S PICK
Element Pictures' 'The Favourite' Receives Five Golden Globe Nominations
Lee Cronin's 'The Hole in The Ground' Secures Distribution Sales in Multiple Territories
Allan Cubitt Talks 'Death & Nightingales' with IFTN
Three Identical Strangers' Tim Wardle and Michael Harte Talk with IFTN
CONNECT WITH IFTN
Find us on Facebook
Follow IFTN on Twitter
E-Newsletter Subscribe
Subscribe to RSS Feed




 
 the Website  Directory List  Festivals  Who's Who  Locations  Filmography  News  Crew  Actors
 

Contact Us | Advertise | Copyright | Terms & Conditions | Security & Privacy | RSS Feed | Twitter