The Time Warner Cable CEO, Glenn A. Britt, has recently admitted that he is unfamiliar with AirPlay. According to a report by New York Times, Britt does not think it affects the cable business.
Many consumers and analysts find this statement to be one of true ignorance. This statement comes as a shocker to many.
During a group interview last week, Britt said there was no easy way to get internet video onto a TV. Obviously, he overlooked the fact that AirPlay allowed consumers to do just that. AirPlay can easily send a media stream from your iOS device to your TV via an Apple TV wirelessly. Furthermore, Apple’s TV offering is not 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 said:
“I’m not sure I know what AirPlay is.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 does not say much about the company or Britt himself and it definitely does not bode well for future plans.
After all the criticism about his statements, it would not be a surprise to learn that Britt figured out what AirPlay is and is planning on taking action to improve the cable business accordingly.