Apple recruits cable TV guru as engineering director: Is Apple TV getting a boost?

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As of yesterday, cable TV veteran Jean-François Mulé made his job at Apple official. He’ll be working as the new engineering director for the iPhone maker, which many believed could mean the company is up to something signficant with its Apple TV project.

Mulé made the switch to the Apple in September, before that he was senior vice president of technology development at a company called CableLabs. He has over 15 years of experience under his belt and his CV is quite extensive, including projects like CableLabs’ DOCSIS 3.0 program.

Apple’s new engineering director published a statement on his LinkedIn page, which is causing a lot of chatter about what his new employer is really up to. Commenting on his new position, Mulé said he is “challenged, inspired and part of something big.”

The rumor-mill is buzzing around the possibility of major changes to  Apple TV, which would likely mean an entirely new set-top box with enhanced capabilities. It’s also possible we could see a rollout of new service compatible with the existing hardware to include more channels and content. BGR reports, “Apple has decided to negotiate directly with content providers to bring their shows to a new online television service that would mirror the services now being developed by both Google and Intel.”

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