Liberty Global completes Cable & Wireless acquisition; U.S. broadband market adds 1.1M new subscribers in Q1

More cable news from across the web:

> Broadband signups have begun to slow in the U.S. as the market begins to reach a point of saturation, but the 17 largest telcos and cable companies nevertheless added nearly 1.1 million new subscribers in the first quarter of the year. Ooyala article

> Telemundo and NBC Universo announced a lineup of new programming for the 2016-2017 season, featuring over 1,100 hours of new formats and multiplatform content. Release

> Imagine Communications unveiled a strategic unified distribution initiative to give content distributors the ability to accelerate the modernization of their networks by facilitating the transition of critical operations to next-generation, Internet-based networks. Release

> Liberty Global plc announced that it has completed its acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications Plc in a transaction valued at approximately $7.4 billion on an enterprise value basis. Release

Telecom News

> AT&T's fiber deployment to homes and businesses isn't just taking place in its own territory as the service provider is finding new business service and backhaul opportunities outside its footprint. Article

> Verizon and representatives of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) representing nearly 40,000 wireline workers in the Northeast have agreed to come to the negotiating table again. Article

Wireless News

> Verizon filed a trademark application for a "One Talk" service that will provide "a unified system of integrated fixed and mobile voice services where landline and mobile communications devices can take the same calls, use the same telephone numbers and share the same calling features such as voice and text messaging," according to the company's filing. Article

> Public interest groups and the nation's smaller wireless carriers are voicing a number of concerns about Verizon's $1.8 billion proposed acquisition of XO Communications' fiber business and its related deal to lease XO's LMDS spectrum (under XO's Nextlink brand) in the 28 GHz and 39 GHz bands. Specifically, Public Knowledge, the Competitive Carriers association and others are urging the FCC to carefully evaluate the transaction and its possible effects on Verizon's competitors and the overall telecommunications marketplace. Article

And finally… The BBC is reportedly going forward with plans to take on Netflix with the launch of the cheekily named Britflix. The Verge article