Do you know what AirPlay is? Yes, that iOS feature that allows you to send what you’re watching on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to your TV wirelessly via Apple TV . Well, the CEO of Time Warner is not so clear … or is that he knows how to play dumb when asked about what he thinks that Apple devices can be potentially disruptive in the cable television industry by removing them in many cases from the equation.
If he says so… The truth is, as Brian X rightly points out. Chen in his article in the New York Times, one of the uses for which Apple created AirPlay is precisely to make it easier to bring Internet videos from an iPad or iPhone to the TV . It’s as simple as pressing a button while watching a video to play it on our living room TV without any complications (after installing the Apple TV, whose complex configuration basically consists of connecting two cables, HDMI and power).
That said, no one, except perhaps our friend Glenn, is unaware that AirPlay also makes it easier to watch pirate videos on television (pardon the term, especially considering Spanish law), which could lead some people to cancel their cable contracts. And that’s without the possibility of content creators skipping the operators to offer their channels directly as applications getting a direct relationship with their customers.
The future of television is not going to look much like the present, whether some people want to see it or not.