Content distribution technology provider Macrovision has agreed to acquire self protecting digital content technology from San Francisco-based Cryptography Research for $45m. The technology is used in a security platform for Blu-ray technology.
The self protecting digital content (SPDC) technology forms the basis of BD+, an element of Blu-ray’s content security platform. The deal also includes some of Cryptography Research’s patents, security software codes and customer and partner agreements.
According to Macrovision, BD+ has the advantage of responding dynamically to security threats and resides both in devices and on the media and uses a virtual machine and API integrate directly into the media player. The company claims that BD+ has been adopted by more than 20 companies, including CE manufactures and motion studios for content protection on the Blu-ray disc standard.
The company also said that the technology would help its existing Analog Protection System (ACP) and Ripguard video security solutions. After the completion of the sale, the company will be the primary licensor of BD+ technology.
As we continue to build our business and work with our partners to develop and implement new distribution models in the digital marketplace, we seek to expand our capabilities to address emerging standards such as Blu-ray, said Fred Amoroso, chief executive at Macrovision.
Earlier this month, Macrovision added music fingerprinting technology as well as a content metadata database to its portfolio through its acquisition of All Media Guide Holdings.
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