Bell MiFi 2372 Deactivated, Recalled

Novatel MiFi 2372 owners have been notified by Bell Mobility that a potential danger exists due to swelling batteries and a recall has been issued. The issue is considered serious enough that Bell Mobility shut MiFi accounts down yesterday to prevent the usage of the MiFi.

Vid-Biz: NBC Olympics, 3-D Movies, Livestation

NBC Is Losing Money on the Olympics Because It Paid Too Much for Them; GE predicts NBCU will generate $250 million less in advertising revenue than it cost to license and produce the games. (TV by the Numbers)

Hollywood Rushes Out 3-D Movies In Wake of Avatar; more than 20 3-D releases are scheduled already for 2010, and additional titles are expected to be announced. (Wall Street Journal)

Livestation Finally Hits iPhone With Live TV Streams; 20 months after previewing an in-development app that would bring its live TV news service to iPhones, Livestation is finally taking its streaming offering mobile. (paidContent:UK)

Epix Shows Mobile Hand; the joint venture of Viacom, MGM and Lionsgate has provided a look at the mobile version of its premium, on-demand movie service that will deliver hundreds of movies to subscribers’ mobile devices. (Multichannel News)

Cablevision Skates Out Interactive TV Mosaic for Olympics; the MSO’s “Olympic Showcase” mosaic presents six video tiles on the screen, five of which show live looks at NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network and Universal HD, with the sixth highlighting an Olympics video-on-demand section. (Multichannel News)

Poland’s Largest Online Portal Selects ExtendMedia for On-demand Video Service;’s OnetVOD has ad-supported and pay-to-view movies, TV series and programs, including more than 2,100 titles available at launch. (press release)

Bell Connects Remote PVR in Time for Vancouver Olympics; Bell has rolled out a national service driven by technology from Sling Media that enables subscribers to schedule their TV recordings from Bell Mobility smartphones or any Internet connection. (Multichannel News)

Exclusivity Ending: iPhone Coming to Bell, Telus in Canada

bell_telusFirst it was Orange and Vodafone (s vod) in the UK announcing plans to offer the iPhone, thus ending O2’s exclusive deal with Apple (s aapl), and now another member of the Commonwealth is following suit. In Canada, where Rogers is currently the sole iPhone provider, two of the the other three major carriers, Bell Canada (s bce) and Telus (s tu), have just announced that they, too, will offer the iPhone.

As was the case in the UK, Rogers saw a huge sales surge thanks to the iPhone when it was first introduced in Canada last year when the iPhone 3G was released. Telus and Bell have been playing catch-up ever since, in a market that has traditionally been pretty evenly split. Read More about Exclusivity Ending: iPhone Coming to Bell, Telus in Canada

Apple Could Partner With Verizon, Rack Up Sales

verizon-logo-470x3101More rumors are making the rounds that Apple (s aapl) will soon be breaking up the sweetheart deal that has held until now with AT&T (s t) and do some seriously flagrant cheating with rival Verizon Wireless (s vz). Sources for the information are cited as “Apple deepthroats” by one outlet, which, while suitably mysterious sounding, doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the accuracy of the information. That said, there are plenty of other reasons to suspect that this deal might be very real, not the least of which are the amazing gobs of cash Apple stands to rake in by tapping other providers.

There’s also the corroborating evidence that Apple has been looking specifically for EVDO-CDMA engineers, which is exactly the standard Verizon uses for its wireless network. This upcoming June it will also be exactly two years since the iPhone’s original release, which some said at the product’s launch was the term of the exclusivity deal between Apple and AT&T. Were Apple to announce Verizon availability alongside a new iPhone product launch in June, they would stand to sell a lot more handsets than if they stuck with AT&T, where many customers locked into long-term contracts might be unwilling to upgrade just yet.

If Apple invests in developing a CDMA version of the iPhone, they don’t only stand to gain in the U.S. market, either. International carriers like Bell and Telus in Canada also use the CDMA standard, and would jump at the chance to offer an iPhone since it would allow them to better compete with Rogers (and their subsidiary, Fido), which has seen tremendous gains since adding Apple’s little miracle worker to their lineup. Apple is such a contender in the smartphone arena that the breakdown of exclusivity could even lead to more competition among service providers in terms of data plan pricing, which benefits consumers most of all.