Cuban Downplays Streaming Video Future

The
Associated Press

HDNet
founder Mark Cuban downplayed the future of live Internet streaming of video, a
technology he pioneered with broadcast.com, while pitching the future of
high-definition television, his latest venture.

In a House
Telecommunications Subcommittee hearing Thursday on the future of digital video,
Cuban said that the current Internet, relying on the “ancient
technology” of copper wires and coaxial cable, would not supply a
competitive video experience and also poses a problem to the economy and
quality of life.

He said
Internet video is only as good as its weakest link, which is “pretty
weak.” He said that if there were not a bandwidth problem, network neutrality
would be a nonissue. He also called the prospect of live Internet-delivered
video replacing traditional TV delivery “laughable” and “not
even on the radar.”

Cuban
cited CBS’s 300,00 streams of NCAA basketball at less than broadcast quality,
which CBS said was all it could do.

He said
that was not to say consumers would not watch TV on their PCs, primarily at
work, but that it was a secondary, not primary, service.