Apple Hires Former Time Warner Cable Exec for Cloud Services Team

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    Former Time Warner Cable executive Peter Stern has joined Apple to work on the cloud services team, reports The Wall Street Journal. Stern will serve as a vice president, reporting to iTunes chief Eddy Cue.

    During his tenure at Time Warner Cable, Stern was involved in talks with Apple about a potential deal for a joint television service that would be offered on the Apple TV. No such deal was able to be established, however, as Apple has had ongoing negotiation difficulties with content providers. Stern left Time Warner Cable following its acquisition by Charter Communications earlier this year.
    According to The Wall Street Journal, Stern is a vocal proponent for eliminating proprietary cable boxes provided by cable companies. He believes content providers should "be more open" to offering TV channels as apps across a wide range of devices.

    Given his expertise in the cable industry, Stern may help Eddy Cue negotiate deals with media companies for a future television service. Cloud services also encompasses Apple Music, iTunes, and other iCloud-based products, so his hiring does not necessarily suggest a renewed interest in television streaming.

    Article Link: Apple Hires Former Time Warner Cable Exec for Cloud Services Team
     
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    Time Warner uh oh. TWC is the one of the worst companies in the world
     
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    I dont think many people sing praises of their cable companies. But TWC has to be one of the worst consumer friendly companies out there. Why would Apple see value in hiring anyone from that company?
     
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    Preach.
     
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    My two hated companies are SiriusXM and TWC. I can't stand dealing with them. I avoid contact as much as possible.
     
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    That's not good. Nothing from TWC is good.
     
  9. konqerror macrumors 6502

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    FYI, Time Warner and TWC are now independent and unaffiliated. (That's why they lost the RoadRunner branding)
     
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    I think whats being referred to here is TWC as Time Warner (Cable). Its just easier to say TWC and Time Warner vs Time Warner Cable.
     
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    Ears! Where's his freaking eyebrows?
     
  12. MikePLP macrumors 6502

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    sounds like they are still working on tv subscription service.
     
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    His hiring might not necessarily suggest a link to television but I don't hire a guy who's good at plumbing to look at my electrics
     
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    LOL I didn't even notice that. Couldn't see past the ears!
     
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    Seriously!? This guy is from TWC and the one thing you pick on is something he's born with!?
     
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    Fresh outta High-School ;-)

    Just joking. Good luck, Mr. Stern.
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    Wow, if TWC's current "customer service" model was his idea, I fear for Apple. I've never dealt with a company who cares less about their customers than TWC.

    And I don't put much stock in the claim of increase in numbers of subscribers. I'd like to see numbers on retention. It's one thing to sign up a customer with an offer that they can't refuse (free pay channels, low intro price, etc.), but another thing entirely to keep them once all the promos expire and they have to call customer service.
     
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    Give us 10GB per iOS/macOS device!
     
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    So this guy was hired as an iCloud VP? I'm going out on a limb here but I'm guessing he was hired for TV not iCloud. Maybe to get a streaming TV package off the ground.
     
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    Shallow and insecure people.
     
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    Tell me about it. I have been an Apple user for years. Mac Classic and SE / SE30 etc. This makes me want to cry as I die inside thanks to Apple forgetting what made them great the customers that believed in the company.
     
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    Agreed. This is like the fox guarding the chicken house of people's data.
     

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