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Liberty Global Inc. (LBTYA - Analyst Report), a leading cable MSO of Europe and Latin America, launches an innovative digital TV network, called “Horizon TV”. This digital TV platform will enable customers to view and share all of their favorite content across the TV, laptop, tablet and smartphone. Initially this service will be available in the Netherlands and then in Switzerland, Germany, and Ireland within the next 3-6 months.
With Horizon TV, customers can share TV showing in multiple screens such as computers, and Apple Inc. (AAPL - Analyst Report) developed iPhones and iPads. Horizon TV also features an in-build application store for YouTube, Wikipedia and Facebook. In the second quarter, the company added 244,000 digital video subscribers. At the end of the reported quarter of 2012, Liberty Global had 8.6 million digital cable subscribers with a penetration rate of 49%.
Horizon TV gateway also offers triple-play services of video, Internet, and wireless voice. It uses Intel Corp.’s (INTC - Analyst Report) Atom chipset as processor. At the end of the previous quarter, Liberty Global had 5.6269 million triple-play clients, up 3.5% year over year. In the coming years, we believe Liberty Global’s revenue will continue to benefit from a ‘triple play’ of video, broadband, and telephone, as it signs up more “bundled” customers in Europe and Latin America.
Deployment of high-speed DOCSIS 3.0 network has significantly helped Liberty Global to differentiate its offerings in the industry. Management has devised a plan to deploy EuroDOCSIS 3.0 in the range of 80%-90% of all UPC broadband divisions in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe.
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