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  • Time Warner CEO Unfamiliar with AirPlay Feature


    The Time Warner Cable CEO, Glenn A. Britt, recently admitted that he is unfamiliar with AirPlay and doesn't think it affects the cable business according to a report by New York Times. Many consumers and analysts find this statement to be one of true ignorance as it is a bit of a shocker.

    During a group interview last week, Britt said there was no easy way to get internet video onto a TV, where he obviously overlooked the fact that AirPlay allows consumers to do just that. AirPlay easily sends a media stream from your iOS device to your TV via an Apple TV wirelessly. Furthermore, Apple’s TV offering isn’t the only option here as others such as Boxee Box, Roku, or Google TV all have similar offerings.

    Despite claiming to be an Apple user, Britt did say “I’m not sure I know what AirPlay is.” He continued to say “the current Apple TV, the little thing, the hockey puck, really doesn’t do anything to help you enable you to get Internet material on your TV.” It seems a bit surprising that a chief executive of a cable company would not know about the very feature that may hurt his business in the future. The ignorance doesn’t say much about the company or Britt himself and it definitely doesn't bode well for future plans. For those of you who want to continue to use cable and/or enjoy using it, let’s hope his actions are better thought out than his words.

    After all the criticism about his statements, it wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that Britt figured out what AirPlay is and is planning on taking action to improve the cable business accordingly.

    Source: New York Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Time Warner CEO Unfamiliar with AirPlay Feature started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. Beastly L92's Avatar
      Beastly L92 -
      What a dummy. I JUST cancelled my Time Warner cable last month. I had 20Mg, 3 DVRs and 250 channels. Now, I have 20Mg, Hulu Plus and Netflix. My bill went from $180-$200 a month to $52. Between iTunes, Netflix and Hulu, TW has been thoroughly replaced. I have an iPad 2, my gf has the 3, an Apple TV and an XBOX 360 in the livingroom and the bedroom and my MacBook Pro HDMI'd in the living room with a 4Tb network drive. I don't even kinda need a cable company.
    1. jamesgunaca's Avatar
      jamesgunaca -
      That pic of the CEO is also just hilarious. Looks like a proper doofus.
    1. Beastly L92's Avatar
      Beastly L92 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      So I'll need:

      1. Apple TV
      2. An Apple device (such as an iPad)

      That's hundreds upon hundreds of dollars just to stream (free) video to the TV. This CEO is right - that's NOT an easy way to do it.
      The average cable bill is about $100 a month.

      Even if you got the 64Gb 3G/4G iPad 3 and an ATV, they'd pay for themselves in only 10 months...and then $1200 a year afterwards. No monthly bill, true on demand and no more craptastic boxes with laggy garbage UIs. You also have an iPad. You mean, the same service, done better for free AND awesome portable hardware? Yep. Sounds sooo hard...