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Acacia strikes first cable patent deal

Company claims to hold broad patent rights to streaming media technology.

Acacia Technologies, a company that claims to hold broad patent rights to streaming media technology, said Tuesday it had struck its first license deal with a cable network.

Last month, Acacia sued nine cable and satellite networks, charging them with patent infringement. Previously, the company had litigated only against online adult entertainment sites, but it also has sought licenses from mainstream Internet companies. In addition to the deal with Central Valley Cable TV, Acacia said it has licensing agreements with 21 other corporate Web sites and e-learning companies.