Which ISPs are capping your broadband, and why?

More than 64 percent of broadband subscribers in the U.S. have a cap on their usage. Are you one of them? This story shows which ISPs are capping your broadband, the structure of those plans and explains why caps are a big business.

Is Mediacom Using Deep-Packet Inspection for Ads?

Mediacom, a regional cable provider and ISP that serves about 838,000 broadband subscribers, appears to be using a controversial technology known as deep packet inspection to insert advertisements on top of web sites its customers visit, according to a report from BroadbandReports.

Vid-Biz: Concurrent, BlinkBox, Verivue

U.S. Lets Hollywood Disable Home TV Outputs to Prevent Piracy; the film industry can block outputs on home television equipment so studios can offer first-run movies while preventing viewers from making illicit copies, FCC regulators ruled. (Bloomberg)

Mediacom Taps Concurrent To Aggregate Viewing Metrics; under the agreement, Concurrent will provide Mediacom a hosted media-data service to support the MSO’s marketing, advertising sales, engineering and operations strategies. (Multichannel News)

BlinkBox Begins Off-PC Box Delivery With PS3 Service; Blinkbox is launching a version of its pay-per view web-based TV and movie streaming service customized for PlayStation 3’s web browser, with other non-computer devices to follow. (paidContent:UK)

Shaw Cranks Up VOD With Verivue; the MSO will provide additional HD and standard-def content to customers in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg service areas with Verivue’s MDX 9200, which integrates VOD servers, storage, networking and applications. (Multichannel News)

Multiplatform Viewing Reflects Mass Market Behavior; Epix says two-thirds of subscribers to the service report viewing movies online, while 59 percent say they view entertainment programming on linear TV, on-demand and online. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Viewer-Engagement Rankings Signal Change for TV Industry; according to Nielsen, the most engaging shows on TV are ABC’s Lost, The Middle, Brothers & Sisters and NBC’s Chuck. (AdAge)

Vid-Biz: Epix, Adobe Flash, Verizon FiOS

Mediacom Will Launch Epix in April; the deal marks the second announced this week for Epix; the first was that it will be part of Cox Communications’ movie tier when it joins that distributor, also in April. (Multichannel News)

Microsoft Urges Windows XP Users to Ditch Old Flash Version; the company issued a security advisory asking users to uninstall Flash Player 6.0, as that version of the multimedia player plugin contains multiple bugs. (Ars Technica)

Verizon Sheds Light on FiOS’s TV Widget Plans; the service has more sports, multicultural, games, and program-specific widgets, including those for reality TV shows and other series. (Verizon at Home blog)

ActiveVideo Networks Helping Blockbuster Deliver a Converged Experience; the Blockbuster on Demand app developed using ActiveVideo’s JavaScript/HTML authoring kit will give users a web-like experience of search, discovery and previewing on their TVs, via connected devices. (VideoNuze)

Nielsen, Microsoft Expand Measurement of Xbox Live Audience; after measuring the 1 vs. 100 audience, Microsoft is now focused on deploying the joint measurement capabilities more broadly across the Xbox Live service. (Beet.TV)

Fuel TV Launches iPhone App; Fox Cable Networks’ action sports service has launched an interactive, media-rich application available for free via through the iTunes App Store. (Multichannel News)