Glenn A. Britt, the CEO of Time Warner Cable, reportedly said in a group interview with NY Times on Friday that that there was no simple way to get Internet-based video onto the television screen. Even though he claimed to be an enthusiastic Apple customer, he stated that he had never heard of anything called ‘AirPlay’. Looks like Time Warner boss had no clue how easy it is with Apple’s AirPlay to get Internet video from an iPad or iPhone onto a television. All it takes for a user is to press a button while watching video to stream it wirelessly to an Apple TV box connected to a TV set.
According to the source, he said:
“I’m not sure I know what AirPlay is. Today we want to be on every screen. Today it’s a little bit clunky to get programming from the Internet onto the TV — not so hard to get it on your iPad. What’s hard is the plumbing, what wires do you connect, what device do you use. So the current Apple TV, the little thing, the hockey puck, really doesn’t do anything to help enable you to get Internet material on your TV.”
When Mr. Britt eventually learned how AirPlay works, he said that smart TVs, Internet-connected televisions that include computer chips and software, would be better than requiring an extra box (Apple TV) to view web content. “I hate set-top boxes” he added.