Liberty Global was launched in 2005, with operations across Europe – including Sweden, Norway, France and Eastern Europe – as well as in Japan and Australia. Change and reinvention are in our DNA and our unique ability to be agile in a fast-moving industry is a key ingredient of our continued success.
Gene Schneider sells United Cable Television Corporation to John Malone's TCI but retains its international cable operations to form United International Holdings (UIH). By 1991 UIH had cable assets in Norway, Sweden, Malta, Israel and Hungary.
UIH goes public.
UIH and UPC buy out Philips' stake in United and Philips Communications, which is renamed United Pan-Europe Communications NV (UPC).
UPC launches high-speed internet and digital television services.
Phrase 'triple play' coined.
John Malone is inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.
UGC becomes largest broadband communications provider outside the US.
UPC and UGC restructure.
UPC launches Voice over IP (VoiP) services.
UGC and Liberty Media International combine to create Liberty Global Inc, with holdings stretching across Europe to as far afield as Japan, Australia and Chile.
UPC Bloom introduced, with tagline "Simply for Everyone".
Liberty Global acquires majority stake in Telenet (Belgium) in exchange for UPC Belgium.
Sells UPC Sweden, UPC Norway & UPC France.
Liberty Global acquires Unitymedia (Germany).
Liberty Global acquires KabelBW (Germany).
Libert Global sells Austar (Australia).
Becomes second largest international cable operator.
Liberty Global raises stake in Telenet (Belgium) from 50.2% to 58%.
Liberty Global introduces 500 Mbps broadband.
Deploys 1 million Horizon boxes.
Liberty Global and Discovery Communications become joint owners of All3Media. Liberty Global acquires 6% stake in ITV, which it then increased to 9.9%.
Liberty Global establishes Liberty Latin America tracking shares, focusing on assets in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Liberty Global acquires Cable & Wireless Communications in the Caribbean.
Liberty Global merges Dutch operation with Vodafone, creating joint venture VodafoneZiggo.
Mike Fries is inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.
10m Connect Boxes delivered to customers' homes.
Liberty Global launches 1 Gbps broadband.
10m Connect Boxes delivered to customers' homes.
1 Gbps broadband available to more than 8m customers across Europe.
1 Gbps broadband available to more than 10m customers across Europe.
Virgin Media merges with O2 to become a converged national champion, in a joint venture between Liberty Global and Telefónica.
Liberty Global, Telefónica and Infravia Capital Partners announce a joint venture to build a new fibre network in the UK, covering up to 7 million homes.
Liberty Media is formed from a spin-off of TCI.
UIH partners with Philips Electronics and merges its operations with cable operations owned by Philips to create United and Philips Communications (UPC). Holdings include Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden.
UPC launches 'Always On' broadband services.
UPC goes public in a $1.3bn offering. UIH retains 62% of the shares.
UIH is renamed UnitedGlobalCom (UGC).
Malone sells TCI to AT&T for $55 billion.
Mike Fries becomes President and COO of UGC. Liberty Media becomes a key partner and John Malone joins the board.
Turbulent times as the dotcom bubble bursts. Liberty Media becomes a majority shareholder in UPC. UnitedGlobalCom (UGC) transitions into UGC Europe.
Gene Schneider is inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.
Liberty Media Corp (LMC) takes a controlling stake in UGC.
Mike Fries appointed CEO of UGC.
Mike Fries appointed President and CEO of Liberty Global.
Liberty Global launches video on demand TV services (VOD), high-definition (HD) TV and digital video recorder (DVR).
Liberty Global launches 100 Mbps broadband.
Liberty Global sells J-com (Japan).
Liberty Global is accepted into the Dow Jones sustainability index.
Liberty Global launches Horizon TV platform.
Liberty Global acquires Virgin Media (UK). Liberty Global redomiciles into the UK and becomes Liberty Global plc.
Liberty Global acquires Ziggo (Netherlands). Sells Chellomedia (now AMC Networks International).
Liberty Global invests in the all-electric street car racing series, Formula E Holdings.
Virgin Media announces the Project Lightning investment programme to bring ultrafast broadband to 4 million homes in the UK.
Liberty Global becomes world's largest international TV and broadband company.
Liberty Global acquires the Belgian mobile operator BASE (BASE and Telenet logos).
Liberty Latin America spins off as a separate public company at the end of 2017.
Liberty Global sells UPC Austria to Deutsche Telekom.
Liberty Global sells DTH (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania) to M7 Group.
Liberty Global launches Horizon 4 TV Platform.
Liberty Global sells Unity Media in Germany, and UPC Hungary, UPC Romania and UPC in the Czech Republic to Vodafone.
Liberty Global acquires 100% of Sunrise Communications Group to create Sunrise UPC. It later rebrands to just 'Sunrise', the leading fixed-mobile challenger in Switzerland
Telenet agrees to a fibre partnership with Fluvius to bring a ‘network of the future’ to Flanders