Apple's Dangerous Reputation

The latest news on Apple's move into the living room is negotiations with cable providers for an Apple-powered set-top box. Fool analyst Anand Chokkavelu feels like Apple's in a similar predicament as Oakland A's GM Billy Beane after the book Moneyball came out. In short, other companies may be terrified to deal with Apple. Anand explains in the video below.

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  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2012, at 12:50 AM, applefan1 wrote:

    What's wrong with Apple coming out with their version of what Tivo has? Apple might be able to do it better and all they have to do is figure out a way to offer people ANOTHER option.

    Why do people have to buy a TiVO? Why can't there be two or more options?

    Apple has their way of having a user interface, plus adding Apple's eco-system and other capabilities that TiVO doesn't do, or doesn't do well.

  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2012, at 1:55 AM, DrGoldin wrote:

    Meanwhile I'm still trying to figure out which GM's are still afraid of Billy Beane. Were the Dodgers afraid of him when they shipped over Milton Bradley...and got Andre Ethier in return? That was one of the worst trades of the decade!

  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2012, at 10:39 PM, FoolSolo wrote:

    Apple can do for Set Tops what they did to the MP3 players. MP3 players at the time were already pretty mature, and the arguments against their success were similar. We all know how that went.

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