Strong demand for Horizon in Germany

Jörn Krieger | 06-11-2013

German cable operator Unitymedia Kabel BW has recorded strong demand for its multimedia box Horizon, which acts as a central media hub, with it having been installed in more than 25,000 households so far.

The Liberty Global subsidiary introduced the box in the federal state North-Rhine Westphalia in early September 2013.

"The boundaries between conventional TV, video-on-demand, Internet and personal content dissolve with Horizon into a seamless entertainment experience," Lutz Schüler, CEO of Unitymedia Kabel BW, said. "Our fibre optic-based high speed network forms the ideal foundation for this and also holds plenty of potential for further growing data volumes."

The other segments also showed growth. In Q3 2013, Unitymedia Kabel BW gained 86,900 new Internet subscriptions and 59,100 new telephone subscriptions.

Overall, Liberty Global's international activities - bundled in UPC Holding - were also on the rise, with 135,000 new customers being won in Q3 2013, up by 10% compared with last year. Horizon, which was introduced in Ireland in Q3 2013, now has over 340,000 customers across all UPC markets.