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Apple Hires Amazon Fire TV Head to Spearhead Apple TV Business

Apple has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, the general manager and director of Amazon's Fire TV business, to be the vice president in charge of Apple TV product marketing, reports Bloomberg. Twerdahl joined Apple earlier this month.


Twerdahl has been in charge of Fire TV since 2013, overseeing two generations of the product and its rise as one of the more popular internet-connected set-top boxes. At Apple, Twerdahl will report to Greg Joswiak, VP of iOS and iPhone Product Marketing.

The move will allow Pete Distad, the former head of Apple TV product marketing, to concentrate on helping Apple land content deals, which are headed by Eddy Cue. Before joining Apple in 2013, Distad was senior vice president of content distribution at Hulu.

Having Distad join content negotiations is intended to shore up content for Apple TV, according to Bloomberg, as efforts to secure exclusive content deals for Apple TV have stalled in the past due to failed negotiations.

With the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple was originally aiming to provide a full a la carte television service that could replace traditional cable and satellite packages, similar to Sony's PlayStation Vue service. However, Apple unsurprisingly saw pushback from both content and cable companies after using negotiating tactics described as "assertive" and "hard-nosed," declining to back down from the terms the company wanted. Apple scaled back its TV ambitions in the past couple of years, though it considered both a slimmed-down subscription service and purchasing Time Warner.

In addition to leading product marketing for the Fire TV, Twerdahl was also the senior director of internet TV at Netflix and a vice president of consumer devices at Roku, according to his LinkedIn.

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3 weeks ago
Nobody could possibly do any worse than Eddy Cue has, so there's that...
Rating: 20 Votes
3 weeks ago
Next Apple will hire Amazon's Alexa manager to make Siri usable. Does Apple not have anyone internally anymore or all they all too busy designing Christmas exhibits, attending award ceremonies, and touring furniture manufacturers?
Rating: 14 Votes
3 weeks ago
I just want Prime Video on my Apple TV already...
Rating: 13 Votes
3 weeks ago
4K HDR support PLEASE!

(Before you reply, just because you don't own a 4K HDR TV doesn't mean others don't.)
Rating: 11 Votes
3 weeks ago
Ive is refining the design. The next gen :apple:tv will be an alyouminium sphere with a diameter of precisely 100 mm. There will be no connector ports or indicators of any kind and it will sit in a alyouminium charging bowl. Accessory wax fruit apples, bananas and grapes will be available to complete the set. It still won't support 4K, but Tim Cook says stay tuned...
Rating: 10 Votes
3 weeks ago
You generally have to have a product before you can market anything
Rating: 10 Votes
3 weeks ago
Background at Roku, Netflix, and Fire?!? Damn. Let's see him work some magic!
Rating: 9 Votes
3 weeks ago

Nobody could possibly do any worse than Eddy Cue has, so there's that...

Eddy Cue is the absolute WORST manager at Apple right now. He's incapable to run any product team. Everything he runs turns to garbage quickly.

You're right... this guy will be an improvement because he can't possibly be as bad as Cue.
Rating: 9 Votes
3 weeks ago
Might be too late. Apple TV 4 has great potential and was ruined by bad Eddy decisions.
Rating: 8 Votes
3 weeks ago
Now that's irony. Not too long ago, Amazon was just an upstart in the streaming TV category and Apple was a first mover.

If only we could get Eddy Cue to show up to a meeting on time, then we could count on his help as well!
Rating: 7 Votes

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