Cuban To Congress "Inadequate Bandwidth To Home" Precludes Threat From Online Video To Broadcast TV
Mark Cuban, founder of HDNet and (long ago) Broadcast.com, sure gave the U.S. House Energy and Commerce telecom subcommitee a piece of his mind Thursday.
Addressing the confluence of Internet openness vs. intellectual property protection, Cuban appeared along with representatives of YouTube and Sling Media. Members of Congress on Thursday tangled with leading video providers over how to preserve the open architecture of the Internet while improving its quality and protecting intellectual property rights.
Mark said that because of inadequate bandwidth, online video content is more complimentary to television programming than threatening to it.
"In our current bandwidth constrained environment, the concept of Internet video replacing TV is laughable," Cuban said. "Replacing high-definition TV [with online content] isn't even on the radar. There is certainly a market for video content on PCs, but it's a complimentary market, not a primary market."
"The real problem is the actual capacity of the lines to your home," Cuban added. "It's hard to say" if Congress needs to intervene on that point, he said, but "if we don't go much further than where we are, we won't be able to compete in a global environment."
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