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Liberty Global

The History of Liberty Global

With a history of firsts, Liberty Global has always been at the forefront of innovation, leading the way in times of industry and technological change. Change and reinvention are in our DNA, and our unique ability to be agile is a key ingredient of our continued success.

Innovation
CATV

The first antennas go up in rural and mountainous areas of the US, creating a Community Antenna Television System (CATV).

1940s

Gene Scheider’s company becomes United Cable Television Corporation (United)

1974

Liberty Media is formed out of a spin-off of TCI

1991

UIH partners with Philips Electronics to merge its operations with cable operations owned by Philips to create United and Philips Communications (UPC)

1995

Mike Fries becomes President and COO of UGC. Liberty Media becomes partner and John Malone joins board

1999

Gene Schneider is inducted in the Cable Hall of Fame.

2002
Innovation
Voice over

UGC Europe Launches Voice over IP (VoIP) services

2004

Mike Fries appointed President and CEO of Liberty Global

2005

Becomes second largest international cable operator

2012

Liberty Global and Discovery Communications become joint owners of All3Media, and acquires a 6.4% stake in ITV plc

2014
Innovation
Get addressed

Liberty Global introduces Addressable Advertising

2017
Innovation
Cable Cowboys

Gene Schneider becomes a pioneer of the cable television industry. Together with his brother Richard they partner with Bill Daniels to build a long-distance microwave cable system in Casper, Wyoming.

1953

UIH renamed UnitedGlobalcom (UGC)

1999
Innovation
Triple Play

Phrase ‘triple play’ coined.

1999

UnitedGlobalCom and Liberty Media International combine to create Liberty Global Inc.

2005

Liberty Global sells operations in Malta

2007

The stake in ITV is increased to 9.9%. Liberty Global acquires a 3.4% stake in Lionsgate

2015

Mike Fries inducted in the Cable Hall of Fame

2017

Sells Unity Media in Germany, and UPC Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic to Vodafone

2019