Mark Cuban is feeling good about the media landscape: I sat down with him in an exclusive interview at the UBS Media & Communications conference and he's optimistic about cable, bullish on Netflix, and eager to invest in the next generation of Internet entrepreneurs.
Cuban rolled his eyes when I asked him if he's worried about consumers cutting the cord — he's got a stake in that game with HD NET. Absolutely not, he says. He's a firm believer that cable TV, and high-def cable television is the best way to consume content. All those pipes are already built into consumers' homes — the quality is simply too high compared to the buffering that comes with Internet TV.
Doesn't Netflix pose a threat - stealing cable subscribers? Cuban says he's sure that Netflix will provide only incremental growth. Just last week DirecTV said it may stop carrying some less popular channels to help consumers slash costs: that he admitted could be a challenge for HD Net.