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Macrovision Acquires Zero G

Macrovision has acquired privately held Zero G Software, a move expected to improve cross-platform support for Macrovision's software installation and management products.
Macrovision Corp. on Monday said it has acquired privately held Zero G Software Inc., a move expected to improve cross-platform support for Macrovision's software installation and management products.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Santa Clara, Calif.-based Macrovision said the transaction would be neutral to earnings per share this year, and accretive in 2006.

The combined technologies is expected to help Macrovision offer tools that simplify the installation of software in complex, multi-platform, multi-server environments, company officials said.

"The combined expertise of Zero G and Macrovision will provide software publishers and their customers with a seamless software installation experience across all platforms," Dan Stickel, executive vice president and general manager of Macrovision's Software Technologies Group, said in a statement.

Zero G, based in San Francisco, will become a part of the software group, expanding Macrovision's product portfolio in the category of "software value management," Macrovision officials said. The company plans to also provide support for all Zero G products.

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