Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) — Jeff Gaspin, president of Gaspin Media and former chairnan of NBC Universal TV Entertainment, talks about U.S. satellite and cable television companies’ competition, and the outlook for Apple Inc.’s development of a TV set.
“Apple Inc. (AAPL) is turning to the software engineer who built iTunes to help lead its development of a television set, according to three people with knowledge of the project.
Jeff Robbin, who helped create the iPod in addition to the iTunes media store, is now guiding Apple’s internal development of the new TV effort, said the people, who declined to be identified because his role isn’t public.
Robbin’s involvement is a sign of Apple’s commitment to extending its leadership in smartphones and tablets into the living room. Before his Oct. 5 death, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson that he had ‘finally cracked’ how to build an integrated TV with a simple user interface that would wirelessly synchronize content with Apple’s other devices.”