“Apple has spent years trying to assemble a ‘skinny bundle’ of TV channels that it could sell directly to consumers. Last year it tried it again,” Peter Kafka writes for Recode. “So it was surprising to see Eddy Cue, Apple’s top media exec, tell the Hollywood Reporter today that this isn’t something he’s particularly interested in.”

“‘As a matter of fact, I’m not a big fan of the skinny bundle,’ he said, and then went on to argue that the real problem with TV isn’t that people are paying too much for channels and programs they don’t want, but that the tech they use to watch TV isn’t good enough,” Kafka writes. “Again, this doesn’t square with Apple’s longstanding efforts — led by Cue — to deliver a skinny bundle. I asked Apple to explain the cognitive dissonance, and they referred me back to the Hollywood Reporter piece.”

Kafka writes, “So now that we’re done with that exercise, I’m going to suggest that there are some things Cue would say differently if he were speaking to someone privately, instead of in an on-the-record interview.”

Kafka’s translation is here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote so concisely this morning:

A cynic might add to Cue’s quote thusly: “I’m not a big fan of the skinny bundle” ever since I couldn’t get the deals hammered out.

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