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Cisco invests in video encryption company

Widevine Technologies, which designs technology to prevent digital video theft, on Wednesday said it had received $US16 million from several investors, including network equipment maker Cisco Systems. The privately held company's encryption technology scrambles digital video signals as they leave a service provider's main office, and decrypts them once they enter consumers' homes via television set-top boxes. "This gives Cisco pretty much a ground-floor opportunity to use Widevine's technology in some of their future home devices," said Vamsi Sistla, an analyst at ABI Research in New York. Cisco, which bought television set-top box maker Scientific-Atlanta for about $US7 billion earlier this year, is building its presence in the digital video market through other acquisitions and investments.

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