Widevine Closes $15M in Growth Capital for Online Video Platform

12/14/09Follow @gthuang

Seattle-based Widevine Technologies announced today it has raised $15 million in equity funding from strategic partners Liberty Global, Samsung Ventures, and an unnamed corporation. The round looks to be an extension of a smaller amount of funding reported last month.

Widevine makes a software platform for delivering Internet video to consumer electronic devices including TVs, Blu-ray players, mobile phones, and gaming systems. Its platform includes digital rights management technology and tries to optimize the video and audio experience “over any network to any device,” according to a Widevine statement.

The company “will use the additional capital to support and grow our customer base, broaden our product portfolio and defend our intellectual property,” said founder and CEO Brian Baker in a statement.

Widevine was founded in 1999 and says it holds more than 55 patents in technical areas like content protection and video optimization. According to the company’s website, it has raised a total of more than $65 million in equity and debt financing. Its previous investors include Constellation Ventures, PaceSetter Capital Group, Phoenix Partners, Rovi Corporation, Cisco Systems, Charter Ventures, Dai Nippon Printing Co., TELUS, and VantagePoint Venture Partners.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. Follow @gthuang

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