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More VOD Vendor Consolidation: Cisco Buys Arroyo Video For $92 Million

The consolidation in the VOD video solutions space continues…Motorola bought Broadbus for about $190 million in JUly, and now, Cisco has made its move: it has acquired Arroyo Video Solutions, a maker of video networking software, as it develops a major video strategy. Cisco is paying $92 million in cash for the privately held company, which was founded by Novell Networks founder Drew Meyer and former 3Com CTO Paul Sherer.
Arroyo has a video server software that can run on standard server hardware to provideVOD and time-shifted video programming, which is scalable and has high service availability, the company said….its software will be integrated into Cisco’s Next Generation Network platform. Cisco also envisions using the software to allow viewers to access content from the Web on their TVs. For example, cable operators and phone companies could use the technology to allow people to access user-generated videos from sites such as YouTube on their TVs.
The 44-person start-up, which is only 4 years old, already counts the two largest cable companies in the U.S.–Comcast and Time Warner–as customers.
Some more details in the release here.
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