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Bell partners with QuickPlay for Mobile TV services, NHL first offering

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Bell has made two recent announcements which show that 2009 will be a big year for them in terms of multimedia content. Firstly, Bell announced yesterday that they have reached a deal with QuickPlay Media to power their live and on-demand services, including live TV and radio.

Wayne Purboo, president and CEO, QuickPlay Media said “QuickPlay is excited that Bell Mobility has chosen us to power its mobile TV services and to build on our long-standing relationship, which now enables Bell to provide subscribers with the option to watch both live and on-demand content on most video-enabled mobile devices. With our flexible mobile video solutions our customers are equipped to not only meet the demands of their customers today, but to accommodate changing mobile content demands and associated service requirements in the future.”

Bell’s first offering is an exciting one for Canadians: live NHL games on NHL Audio, in-game and post-game video highlights, live NHL games through NHL Centre Ice Mobile and real-time text message alerts. For $8/month, Bell subscribers get all this as well as NHL wallpapers, ringtones, Mobile Video Exclusives that has pictures from the past, Fantasy tips and Game of the Week insight.

NHL on Bell Mobility

Balsillie tapped to buy the Buffalo Sabres?

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RIM Hockey TeamOh, wouldn’t this be a great late Christmas present for the Jim Dog. Despite fervent denial from the Buffalo Sabres, rumors are flying that the National Hockey League team is both up for sale and that RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie is one of the potential suitors.

“We are not in negotiations to sell the team and as we have stated in the past, we will never entertain discussions to move the team out of Buffalo,” Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said in a statement, which was isused in response to a story in this week’s Western New York Hockey magazine.

Despite the official denial, unnamed sources continue to insist that the Sabre’s billionaire owner, Tom Golisano, is listening to offers and that Quinn or an associate has had discussions with Balsillie. Basillie has been connected to potential purchases of both the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins in the past. Hopefully, we’ll see the Waterloo BlackBerrys someday soon.

The Hockey News for BlackBerry gets updated

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Hockey is one of the few things that makes the cold drudgery of Canadian winter bearable. Following the slow death spiral of the Maple Leafs is something that can cheer me up on even the bleakest day.

To keep me and other hockey loving BlackBerry users up to date, The Hockey News has released an update to their popular mobile application, which has seen 18,000 downloads since launching in mid-September. Here’s what hockey fans get with the latest edition of The Hockey News Mobile:

    Live scores while games are played, including scoring summaries
    Skater and Goalie standings to track your Fantasy picks
    Division and Conference standings
    Rich colour pictures, THN and CP coverage from across the league

To download THN Mobile (for free!), http://thn.mobi You can see more photos after the jump.

The Hockey News Mobile for BlackBerry

Jim Balsillie talks on The Hour

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Jim-DogAny Canadian readers out there might recognize the name George Stroumboulopoulos, but anyone else will probably just get their tongue tied. He’s a big talk show name on Canadian TV, and took some time to talk to Jim Balsillie about BlackBerry, hockey, and international governance. It’s great look at RIM’s co-CEO – he comes off as really down-to-earth despite some great achievements, so if you’ve got 10 minutes, take a looksee behind the jump.

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