Virgin Media Inc. (formerly known as ntl:Telewest, after a merger of NTL Incorporated with Telewest Global, Inc.), became in 2006 the first "quadruple-play" media company in the United Kingdom, bringing together a service consisting of television, Internet, mobile phone and fixed-line telephone services. Virgin Media represents a prime example of telecommunication convergence. As the only major cable company in the United Kingdom, it competes in the market with the major pay-TV operator, satellite-based British Sky Broadcasting which currently has more channels than any other provider in the UK , and with Freeview, the free-to-air terrestrial service. While US-headquartered, Virgin Media only operates in the United Kingdom, with headquarters in Hook, Hampshire and its financial base in Bradford. Contents [hide]

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