Liberty Global Opens Polish Horizons
Building on its growing base in Western Europe, Liberty Global has expanded its TV Everywhere horizons to Central and Eastern Europe.
Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY), Europe's largest MSO by far, has extended its next-gen Horizon TV multiscreen video service to Poland. As first reported in Broadband TV News Thursday morning, Libery's UPC Polska subsidiary is now rolling out Horizon TV to digital video subscribers who take its high-end bundles.
Similar to Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s cloud-based X1 service in the US, the Horizon TV app allows Liberty Global customers with wireless video gateways to watch about 100 channels on their TV sets, PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Subscribers can also choose from hundreds of on-demand TV shows and movies, use advanced search functions, record programs remotely, and receive viewing reminders and recommendations.
Subscribers who take UPC Polska's Max Extra HD with Internet access package can get Horizon TV for no extra charge. Those who have the Select Extra HD with Internet access bundle can get Horizon TV free until July 31, but will then pay a monthly fee of PLN5, or about $1.65, for the service.
Liberty Global says the Horizon TV app can be installed on an unlimited number of video-capable devices. However, it can be used on no more than three devices at a time. Customers can access the service over both WiFi and 3G networks.
With the launch of Horizon TV in Poland, Liberty Global is now making the multiscreen video service in five nations in its European region. The MSO, which previously rolled out the service in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland, and Germany, now boasts more than 550,000 Horizon TV subscribers in those four initial markets. (See Liberty Sees New World for Horizon.)
— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading