Apple Hires Cable Industry Veteran Jean-François Mulé as Engineering Director

Jean-François MuléApple has hired Jean-François Mulé, the former Senior VP of Technology Development and longtime employee of CableLabs -- an R&D joint venture run by many of the biggest cable operators in the U.S. -- as an engineering director.

The hire was revealed on Mulé's LinkedIn page and first noted by Multichannel News. He has been working at Apple since September and says in his Apple job description that he is "challenged, inspired and part of something big".

He claims extensive experience in software development for cable applications like Internet data, IP voice and video, TV apps and more. From Multichannel News:

Before joining Apple, Mulé spent the last two years as senior vice president of technology development at CableLabs, where he founded the organization’s San Francisco office (CableLabs is in the process of building out a new R&D outpost/innovation center in Sunnyvale).

During his earlier career at CableLabs, Mulé also served as VP of IP technologies and services, director of the PacketCable Architecture, and chief architect. During that span, he ran or helped spearhead several projects, including PeerConnect, the cable industry’s peering registry, a development program for cable industry-focused wireless services (Wi-Fi gateways, device management, inter-operator Wi-Fi roaming, and mobile offload services using femtocells and Wi-Fi), and was involved in several high-profile, IP-based CableLabs programs such as DOCSIS 3.0 and APIs for second screen video apps.

Apple is rumored to be developing both a television set and an expanded set-top box that would work with services provided by existing cable television providers, or, alternatively, a set-top box with television content provided directly by Apple over the Internet, bypassing current cable companies.

In his biography, Steve Jobs said he had "cracked" the redesign of television to make it seamless and easy to use, and some analysts have been claiming for years that Apple is working on a television set.

With Apple negotiating with both content providers like Sky News and ESPN, as well as cable companies like Time Warner, the company appears to be examining multiple possible strategies for reinventing television.

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89 months ago
Toshiba just announced lay-offs because they can't make any money selling TVs, so if you think Apple wants to enter the razor thin single-digit margin world of TVs you're not thinking like a business would.

http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2013/10/01/toshiba_to_cut_3000_jobs_from_struggling_tv_division

Now, making a "converter box" with a nice Apple GUI and all the bells and whistles is another matter entirely. Let some other company make 5% selling the glorified panel...

Think about it, does the Apple Store at the mall really want to stock, sell, and service 50" or 60" televisions for virtually no profit, while taking away all that physical space from tiny, high margin products that people upgrade every couple of years?

Ain't gonna happen in my opinion. :)
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89 months ago
"The Cable Guy"
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89 months ago
Hopefully Apple does something industry changing with tv. Cable right now sucks since I have to buy 200 channels just to get 5 channels that I actually watch.
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89 months ago

Toshiba just announced lay-offs because they can't make any money selling TVs, so if you think Apple wants to enter the razor thin single-digit margin world of TVs you're not thinking like a business would.

http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2013/10/01/toshiba_to_cut_3000_jobs_from_struggling_tv_division

Now, making a "converter box" with a nice Apple GUI and all the bells and whistles is another matter entirely. Let some other company make 5% selling the glorified panel...

Think about it, does the Apple Store at the mall really want to stock, sell, and service 50" or 60" televisions for virtually no profit, while taking away all that physical space from tiny, high margin products that people upgrade every couple of years?

Ain't gonna happen in my opinion. :)

I love comments like yours because its similarity to the way people acted before the iPhone reveal makes me excited for what Apple could put out.

'Why would Apple want to make a phone? iPods are where the money is. Nokia owns the market with tons of cheap phones. Why would anyone want to pay a premium for an Apple phone when they already have one that can make calls perfectly fine? The ROKR even plays music!'
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89 months ago
No interest in an actual Apple TV set (I'm sure it'd be an excellent LCD, but no LCD is replacing the Kuro), but an alternative to cable from a company like Apple couldn't come soon enough. I'd even take an Apple-made set top box that I still have to use through my local cable monopoly, anything is better than the stuff those guys produce.
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89 months ago
My body is ready :D
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