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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)