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Virgin Media Ireland

This article is about the Irish company known as Virgin Media. For the UK company also known as Virgin Media, see Virgin Media. For the broadcasting company formerly known as TV3 Group, see Virgin Media Television (Ireland).

Virgin Media Ireland is Liberty Global's telecommunications operation in Ireland. It is the largest digital cable television provider within the country.[citation needed] As of 31 December 2014, the company offers broadband internet, digital television and digital (VoIP) telephony to 1 million customers. Until 4 May 2010, Virgin Media Ireland traded under the name Chorus NTL and UPC Ireland until 5 October 2015. Its main competitors in the Irish pay TV market are Sky Ireland, Eir and Vodafone Ireland.

Virgin Media Ireland Limited
TypePrivate company limited by shares
IndustryTelecommunications
Founded12 December 2005; 15 years ago (2005-12-12)
FounderRichard Branson
HeadquartersEastpoint Business Park,
Dublin,
Ireland
Area served
Ireland
Key people
Tony Hanway (CEO)
ProductsBroadcast television
Cable television
Broadband Internet
Telephone
Mobile phone
Revenue$505.2 million
OwnerLiberty Global
Number of employees
800
SubsidiariesVirgin Media Television
Websitewww.virginmedia.ie

Virgin Media Ireland is currently up for sale.

Contents

Liberty Global and its predecessors UGC Europe and Tele-Communications Inc. have had shareholdings in Chorus Communications and its predecessor, Princes Holdings (Irish Multichannel), since the company's formation in the early 1990s. Originally a joint venture with Independent News and Media, IN&M sold its shares to Liberty in 2004.

In May 2005, NTL agreed to sell its Irish operations NTL Ireland (previously Cablelink) to Liberty Global. Morgan Stanley held the shareholding until Competition Authority approval was obtained. This occurred in December 2005 and UPC Ireland came into being on 12 December 2005.

In 2006, UPC Ireland began to integrate the brands Chorus and NTL to form Chorus NTL. Branding wise, on 5 September 2006 NTL's website was changed to the same design as Chorus i.e., itself based on UPC Netherlands' website design at the time. 25 January 2007, NTL Ireland updated the electronic programme guide software to remove the NTL logo and all mention of the NTL name.

On 31 January 2007, NTL and Chorus began advertising jointly, although the adverts were simply the ongoing campaign from NTL with the Chorus logo added to them. On 4 June 2007 @ntlworld.ie e-mail addresses switched to @upcmail.ie. The new UPC Mediabox set top boxes (STBs) which contain a hardrive based digital video recording system are fully UPC branded (albeit with the original UPC logo rather than the newer lowercase design) and come with a much enhanced EPG. These were rolled out on both the ex NTL and Chorus cable networks. From 2008, the old Pace STBs supplied by NTL Ireland (and originally designed for NTL UK) were replaced with new Pace STBs designed for UPC, also branded "UPC Mediabox" but without the hard drive/recording capabilities. In a Sunday Business Post article on 11 February 2007, UPC Ireland's marketing manager revealed that the rebrand was due to take place no later than May 2007. This deadline was missed. On 16 May 2007 UPC Netherlands introduced a new UPC logo, which was rolled out across UPC's European subsidiaries.

From July 2007, all UPC advertising began bearing a composite logo reading "Chorus NTL – a UPC company". On 10 June 2007 UPC announced its takeover of one of the remaining small Irish operators, Clane Cable Systems. This gained UPC an extra 2000 customers. During late September and early October 2007, Chorus and NTL included a leaflet with their bills explaining that a rebrand would occur on 21 October. That did not happen, however, on 30 October 2007, the NTL Ireland and Chorus websites were merged into a single website, although the composite Chorus NTL logo is used on it rather than the UPC logo. In November 2007, NTL Business was rebranded UPC Business, making it the first part of the company to officially adopt the UPC name.

On 29 April 2008 UPC's former Cork Communications cable network, latterly part of Chorus, became the first cable network in the Ireland to switch to digital, with the analogue signal (except for the Irish terrestrial channels) switched off. On 4 May 2010 UPC began a €3 million spend on rebranding, completing the change from Chorus:NTL to UPC Ireland. A high-profile media campaign – fronted by broadcaster Craig Doyle – was planned to run for 3 months. It also lit up a number of buildings in Dublin (including Busáras and Boland's Mill), Galway and Cork. UPC had received the final approvals to acquire assets from broadband rival Broadworks, which was in liquidation. This would give it access to about 6,600 homes in west Dublin and Meath. The Competition Authority cleared the deal on 21 April 2010.

On 3 July 2015 it was announced that UPC Ireland had bought the TV3 Group for €80 million from Doughty Hanson, the deal may also deliver a further €7million should TV3 meet certain performance targets. The deal will need regulatory approval by Competition and Consumer Protection Commission as well as a media plurality test by the Department of Communications.

On 28 August 2015, it was announced that UPC Ireland would be rebranded Virgin Media Ireland. The name change took place on 5 October.

In June 2021, it was reported that Liberty Global was seeking to sell Virgin Media Ireland after they merged their British Virgin Media company with that of Telefónica's O2.

Virgin Media Ireland focuses on four key areas; cable television, broadband, mobile and telephone. The company offers broadband internet services using the EuroDOCSIS 3.0 standard as well as a VoIP-based telephone service using PacketCable. In addition, Virgin Media Ireland offers to business customers standard voice and internet services to more advanced services such as Ethernet LAN extensions, corporate voice services, and high-speed internet. These services are offered to large corporations, public organisations, and small to medium size businesses in Ireland, primarily in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford.

Broadband

In May 2010, Virgin Media Ireland announced plans for a 100Mbit/s broadband service which would be offered to home users across its broadband-capable network in the coming months. In December 2010 UPC launched its 100Mb Fibre Power Broadband package, making it the fastest ISP for residential customers in Ireland at the time. In September 2012, UPC increased the maximum speed available to residential customers to 150Mb, while increasing their entry-level speed to 50Mb. Virgin Media now offer 250Mbit/s, 500Mbit/s and 1Gbit/s speeds to residential users.

Mobile

Virgin Mobile launched in October 2015 as a mobile virtual network operator using Three's infrastructure. As of Q3 2020, the market share of Virgin Mobile in Ireland is 2.2%.

Television

The main product offered by Virgin Media Ireland is cable television services, in SD and HD digital formats, using DVB-C encrypted using Nagravision. Digital is now available in the vast majority of areas, with the Cork cable network becoming the first in Ireland to become digital-only.

On 14 August 2007, UPC launched a Personal Video Recorder, the UPC Mediabox, marketed as the Digital+ or Digital+HD Box in ex-NTL areas, subsequently rolled out to other areas.

On 5 August 2009 UPC launched its HDTV service in Ireland, which includes many international and regional television broadcasters.

In April 2013, UPC launched their Horizon TV service, which allows UPC customers to watch a selection of television channels from various internet enabled devices using their UPC broadband connection.

On 12 August 2013, UPC launched their Horizon HD+ set-top box. This box offers HD as standard and consolidates all services (TV, broadband and home phone) into one device. It also allows customers to record 4 television programmes while watching a 5th.

On-Demand TV

On 25 May 2012 UPC Ireland launched its UPC On-Demand TV service in Ireland, with a full roll-out expected to be complete by September. A similar service had already been rolled out to UPC customers in the Netherlands, Hungary, Switzerland, Poland and Austria.

The service provides all customers with unlimited access to RTÉ Player and 3Player, with TG4 Player set to follow suit. Max package customers are also able to watch BBC, ITV and US box sets and additional content from the likes of Discovery Channel, Food Network, FX, History, MGM and True Movies. The video on demand service also allows customers in Ireland to watch classic movies and the latest cinematic releases.

Broadcasting

Virgin Media Ireland operates Virgin Media Television in the Republic of Ireland. Since August 30, 2018 it consists of four distinct channels:

UPC Ireland Subscriptions
Date Digital TV Other TV Broadband Phone Total Unique Customers
2009 276,900 153,600 148,100 60,400 639,000
2010 381,000 199,200 785,000
2011 386,400 255,400 886,400
2012 383,200 63,200 304,300 238,000 988,700
2013 338,300 89,900 338,300 293,500 1,060,000 533,000

As of September 2019, Virgin has 26% of broadband subscriptions.

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Virgin Media Ireland
Virgin Media Ireland Language Watch Edit This article is about the Irish company known as Virgin Media For the UK company also known as Virgin Media see Virgin Media For the broadcasting company formerly known as TV3 Group see Virgin Media Television Ireland Virgin Media Ireland is Liberty Global s telecommunications operation in Ireland 1 It is the largest digital cable television provider within the country citation needed As of 31 December 2014 the company offers broadband internet digital television and digital VoIP telephony to 1 million customers 1 Until 4 May 2010 Virgin Media Ireland traded under the name Chorus NTL 2 and UPC Ireland until 5 October 2015 3 Its main competitors in the Irish pay TV market are Sky Ireland Eir and Vodafone Ireland 4 Virgin Media Ireland LimitedTypePrivate company limited by sharesIndustryTelecommunicationsFounded12 December 2005 15 years ago 2005 12 12 FounderRichard BransonHeadquartersEastpoint Business Park Dublin IrelandArea servedIreland 1 Key peopleTony Hanway CEO Products Broadcast television Cable television Broadband Internet Telephone Mobile phoneRevenue 505 2 million 1 OwnerLiberty GlobalNumber of employees800SubsidiariesVirgin Media TelevisionWebsitewww wbr virginmedia wbr ie Virgin Media Ireland is currently up for sale 5 Contents 1 History 2 Products 2 1 Broadband 2 2 Mobile 2 3 Television 2 4 On Demand TV 2 5 Broadcasting 3 Subscriptions 4 References 5 External linksHistory EditLiberty Global and its predecessors UGC Europe and Tele Communications Inc have had shareholdings in Chorus Communications and its predecessor Princes Holdings Irish Multichannel since the company s formation in the early 1990s Originally a joint venture with Independent News and Media IN amp M sold its shares to Liberty in 2004 In May 2005 NTL agreed to sell its Irish operations NTL Ireland previously Cablelink to Liberty Global Morgan Stanley held the shareholding until Competition Authority approval was obtained This occurred in December 2005 and UPC Ireland came into being on 12 December 2005 In 2006 UPC Ireland began to integrate the brands Chorus and NTL to form Chorus NTL Branding wise on 5 September 2006 NTL s website was changed to the same design as Chorus i e itself based on UPC Netherlands website design at the time 25 January 2007 NTL Ireland updated the electronic programme guide software to remove the NTL logo and all mention of the NTL name On 31 January 2007 NTL and Chorus began advertising jointly although the adverts were simply the ongoing campaign from NTL with the Chorus logo added to them On 4 June 2007 ntlworld ie e mail addresses switched to upcmail ie 6 The new UPC Mediabox set top boxes STBs which contain a hardrive based digital video recording system are fully UPC branded albeit with the original UPC logo rather than the newer lowercase design and come with a much enhanced EPG These were rolled out on both the ex NTL and Chorus cable networks From 2008 the old Pace STBs supplied by NTL Ireland and originally designed for NTL UK were replaced with new Pace STBs designed for UPC also branded UPC Mediabox but without the hard drive recording capabilities In a Sunday Business Post article on 11 February 2007 UPC Ireland s marketing manager revealed that the rebrand was due to take place no later than May 2007 This deadline was missed On 16 May 2007 UPC Netherlands introduced a new UPC logo which was rolled out across UPC s European subsidiaries From July 2007 all UPC advertising began bearing a composite logo reading Chorus NTL a UPC company On 10 June 2007 UPC announced its takeover of one of the remaining small Irish operators Clane Cable Systems This gained UPC an extra 2000 customers During late September and early October 2007 Chorus and NTL included a leaflet with their bills explaining that a rebrand would occur on 21 October That did not happen however on 30 October 2007 the NTL Ireland and Chorus websites were merged into a single website although the composite Chorus NTL logo is used on it rather than the UPC logo In November 2007 NTL Business was rebranded UPC Business making it the first part of the company to officially adopt the UPC name On 29 April 2008 UPC s former Cork Communications cable network latterly part of Chorus became the first cable network in the Ireland to switch to digital with the analogue signal except for the Irish terrestrial channels switched off 7 On 4 May 2010 UPC began a 3 million spend on rebranding completing the change from Chorus NTL to UPC Ireland A high profile media campaign fronted by broadcaster Craig Doyle was planned to run for 3 months It also lit up a number of buildings in Dublin including Busaras and Boland s Mill Galway and Cork 8 UPC had received the final approvals to acquire assets from broadband rival Broadworks which was in liquidation This would give it access to about 6 600 homes in west Dublin and Meath The Competition Authority cleared the deal on 21 April 2010 9 On 3 July 2015 it was announced that UPC Ireland had bought the TV3 Group for 80 million from Doughty Hanson the deal may also deliver a further 7million should TV3 meet certain performance targets The deal will need regulatory approval by Competition and Consumer Protection Commission as well as a media plurality test by the Department of Communications 10 On 28 August 2015 it was announced that UPC Ireland would be rebranded Virgin Media Ireland 11 The name change took place on 5 October In June 2021 it was reported that Liberty Global was seeking to sell Virgin Media Ireland after they merged their British Virgin Media company with that of Telefonica s O2 12 13 Products EditVirgin Media Ireland focuses on four key areas cable television broadband mobile and telephone The company offers broadband internet services using the EuroDOCSIS 3 0 standard as well as a VoIP based telephone service using PacketCable In addition Virgin Media Ireland offers to business customers standard voice and internet services to more advanced services such as Ethernet LAN extensions corporate voice services and high speed internet These services are offered to large corporations public organisations and small to medium size businesses in Ireland primarily in Cork Dublin Galway Limerick and Waterford Broadband Edit In May 2010 Virgin Media Ireland announced plans for a 100Mbit s broadband service which would be offered to home users across its broadband capable network in the coming months 14 In December 2010 UPC launched its 100Mb Fibre Power Broadband package making it the fastest ISP for residential customers in Ireland at the time In September 2012 UPC increased the maximum speed available to residential customers to 150Mb while increasing their entry level speed to 50Mb 15 Virgin Media now offer 250Mbit s 500Mbit s and 1Gbit s speeds to residential users Mobile Edit Virgin Mobile launched in October 2015 as a mobile virtual network operator using Three s infrastructure As of Q3 2020 the market share of Virgin Mobile in Ireland is 2 2 16 Television Edit The main product offered by Virgin Media Ireland is cable television services in SD and HD digital formats using DVB C encrypted using Nagravision Digital is now available in the vast majority of areas with the Cork cable network becoming the first in Ireland to become digital only On 14 August 2007 UPC launched a Personal Video Recorder the UPC Mediabox marketed as the Digital or Digital HD Box in ex NTL areas subsequently rolled out to other areas On 5 August 2009 UPC launched its HDTV service in Ireland which includes many international and regional television broadcasters In April 2013 UPC launched their Horizon TV service which allows UPC customers to watch a selection of television channels from various internet enabled devices using their UPC broadband connection 17 On 12 August 2013 UPC launched their Horizon HD set top box 18 This box offers HD as standard and consolidates all services TV broadband and home phone into one device It also allows customers to record 4 television programmes while watching a 5th On Demand TV Edit On 25 May 2012 UPC Ireland launched its UPC On Demand TV service in Ireland 19 with a full roll out expected to be complete by September 20 A similar service had already been rolled out to UPC customers in the Netherlands Hungary Switzerland Poland and Austria The service provides all customers with unlimited access to RTE Player and 3Player with TG4 Player set to follow suit 21 Max package customers are also able to watch BBC ITV and US box sets and additional content from the likes of Discovery Channel Food Network FX History MGM and True Movies The video on demand service also allows customers in Ireland to watch classic movies and the latest cinematic releases 22 Broadcasting Edit Main article Virgin Media Television Ireland Virgin Media Ireland operates Virgin Media Television in the Republic of Ireland Since August 30 2018 it consists of four distinct channels 23 24 25 Virgin Media One Virgin Media Two Virgin Media Three Virgin Media SportSubscriptions EditUPC Ireland Subscriptions Date Digital TV Other TV Broadband Phone Total Unique Customers2009 26 276 900 153 600 148 100 60 400 639 0002010 27 381 000 199 200 785 0002011 28 386 400 255 400 886 4002012 29 383 200 63 200 304 300 238 000 988 7002013 30 338 300 89 900 338 300 293 500 1 060 000 533 000 As of September 2019 Virgin has 26 of broadband subscriptions 31 References Edit a b c d Ireland Liberty Global Liberty Global Retrieved 15 August 2019 Ciaran Hancock 4 May 2010 UPC to spend 3m on rebranding Irish Times Retrieved 2 February 2011 Newenham Pamela 28 September 2015 Branson gets geared up for UPC s rebranding as Virgin Media The Irish Times Retrieved 28 September 2015 Quarterly Key Data Report PDF ComReg 21 December 2009 p 70 retrieved 17 April 2011 Nimmo Jamie Liberty to offload Virgin Media Ireland Migration FAQs PDF UPC Ireland Retrieved 18 June 2013 Cork Digitization Program Archived from the original on 1 May 2008 Retrieved 28 April 2008 Ciaran Hancock 4 May 2010 UPC to spend 3m on rebranding Irish Times Retrieved 17 April 2011 UPC to spend 3m on rebranding The Irish Times 5 May 2010 UPC Ireland to acquire broadcaster TV3 3 July 2015 via www rte ie Cite journal requires journal help UPC to rebrand as Virgin Media in Ireland RTE News 28 August 2015 Nimmo Jamie 27 June 2021 Liberty to offload Virgin Media Ireland The Times Virgin Media and O2 merger cleared by competition watchdog the Guardian 14 April 2021 UPC launches 100Mb broadband RTE ie 4 May 2010 Retrieved 17 April 2011 UPC launches 50Mbps entry level broadband 7 September 2012 Retrieved 26 June 2013 Quarterly Key Data Report Q3 2020 Commission for Communications Regulation Retrieved 22 February 2021 UPC plans a summer spectacular of new products starting with a unique new Irish horizon TV app amp Horizon TV Online service mkc ie UPC unveils a New Horizon for Irish TV PDF 12 August 2013 O Brian Ciaran Taylor Charlie 22 May 2012 UPC to offer on demand services The Irish Times Retrieved 22 May 2012 Weckler Adrian 22 May 2012 UPC movies on demand what where how much The Sunday Business Post Retrieved 22 May 2012 Kennedy John 22 May 2012 UPC to launch on demand TV and movies services this Friday Silicon Republic Retrieved 22 May 2012 Webb Nick 14 February 2010 UPC to launch movies on demand Irish Independent TV3 to rebrand as Virgin Media Television this autumn 9 January 2018 Cite journal requires journal help TV3 set to be renamed under very significant re brand independent Retrieved 11 March 2021 Slattery Laura TV3 warms up for Super Saturday ahead of channel rebrand The Irish Times Retrieved 11 March 2021 Business amp Leadership 25 April 2021 UPC Ireland hits 148 000 broadband users VoD on way Business amp Leadership UPC broadband subscriptions up 35pc to 199 200 customers Silicon Republic UPC says 99 fibre subscriptions on speeds of 20Mb s and over TechCentral ie 23 February 2012 UPC Ireland reports another Strong Performance for 2012 MKC MKC Communications Kenny Ciara 14 February 2014 UPC home phone subscriptions rise 23 in 2013 The Irish Times Retrieved 29 August 2021 Quarterly Key Data Report Q3 2019 Commission for Communications Regulation 12 December 2019External links EditOfficial website List of channels on Virgin Media Ireland Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Virgin Media Ireland amp oldid 1054128920, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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