Web 2.0: Mark Cuban

Web 2.0: Mark Cuban

: Mark Cuban is now being interviewed.

At least he admits that the first episode of his show sucked.

Somebody in the audience is going after him for the Mavs. He says he has heard an entire stadium booing while seeing his face on the big screen, but he has never been heckled at an industry conference.

Cuban’s business rule — and explanation of why he went after HDTV — is that he likes “death wars.” My table wonders: What the hell is a death war? And how does it relate to HDTV? And Saddam. (Sorry, I thought I was still watching the debate….)

It remains amazing to me that we are listening — hell, paying to listen — to a guy who made too much money selling a company for too much money to a company that was stupid enough to buy it and then kill it. And he has a TV show, too.

And they make fun of people for being egotistical enough to have a blog.

I understand why the world pays attention to Paris Hilton. I don’t understand why the world pays attention to Mark Cuban.

: Heilemann does a word association. Donald Trump? “Role model for how to fail in business,” says Cuban.

Kobe Bryant: “What an idiot.”

He continues to say that the Bryant case was good for the NBA because the rape story brought game highlights.

: Cory Doctorow stands up to talk HDTV. He says that we all have HDTVs in our laptops. HD tvs, he says, are just dumb laptops that are hard to carry around.

: UPDATE: Jason Calacanis collared me this morning saying he was going to flame me for saying that Cuban said rape was good for the NBA. I looked it up; I said he said the case was good because it brought TV time. Anyway, Cuban did make a point of saying that he did not thing that rape was good for the NBA and so I’ll make that clear. OK?

  • http://micah.sifry.com Micah Sifry

    It’s painful to sit through this. I keep thinking of Neil Postman’s “Amusing Ourselves to Death.”

  • http://www.varifrank.com Frank Martin

    HDTV is a 5,000 dollar platform for watching 25 cent TV shows. Im a big fan, I have two of them, but until the content improves, its like watching color TV in 1957. The high tech version of ‘Uncle Miltie’ is fun, but for the other 400 hours a week, you’re watching the same crap everyone else is. Only, they are doing it much cheaper.
    5,000 dollars so Mark Cuban so you can watch Mark Cuban rebroadcast Hogans Heroes and the 300th viewing of “Artic Adventure” on Discovery HD. 5k, And thats before you get the HD-TIVO.

  • http://www.buzzhit.com/buzzblog.html Tony Gentile

    Sometimes those 15 minutes feel like years… oh wait, it has been years…

  • http://www.corante.com/importance/ Ernest Miller

    Well, there are a lot of people who I wonder why people listen to them (and, hey, I don’t even get invited to events like Web 2.0). In Cuban’s defense, however, he has said some interesting and insightful things about storage and distribution technology, which is a key element in the media revolution.

  • http://www.ojr.org StaciK

    Actually, it was Mark who tried to convince me to use a computer monitor for HD before we bought a set. I don’t know how much you spent for yours but I certainly didn’t spend $5,000 on one last year. The ground floor for HD sets is now around $700.(Of course, the HD TIVO could double that. ) Programming has expanded significantly to include hundreds of major sports events and the prime time schedules of several broadcast networks; it is increasing at a good clip now after too many years of stagnation. Re Mark, one of his key assets is his enthusiasm. If he adopts a cause, he becomes an evangelist. He got the NHL and the Olympics up in HD before others were willing to dive in, which almost makes it possible to forgive Hogan’s Heroes.

  • http://www.ojr.org StaciK

    Actually, it was Mark who tried to convince me to use a computer monitor for HD before we bought a set. I don’t know how much you spent for yours but I certainly didn’t spend $5,000 on one last year. The ground floor for HD sets is now around $700.(Of course, the HD TIVO could double that. ) Programming has expanded significantly to include hundreds of major sports events and the prime time schedules of several broadcast networks; it is increasing at a good clip now after too many years of stagnation. Re Mark, one of his key assets is his enthusiasm. If he adopts a cause, he becomes an evangelist. He got the NHL and the Olympics up in HD before others were willing to dive in, which almost makes it possible to forgive Hogan’s Heroes.

  • http://www.tonypierce.com tony

    cuban is wrong about so many things. rape cases are never good for anyone. not even the lawyers.
    the best thing that happened in the nba last year wasnt kobe’s trial, but that parity brought about the breakup of the lakers.
    and by parity of course i mean Defense.
    something that mark cuban still knows nothing about.

  • ZF

    OK, so he’s a showman, but to be fair he did state some disclaimers about his “Bryant case was good for the NBA” remarks, which you have not quoted.
    What that leaves is a factual issue about the case’s impact on the size of the NBA audience – surely something about which reasonable people can disagree.

  • alexander

    How sick is it that he got 1.7 billion (and that was just HIS slice) for broadcast.com (or whatever). Yahoo bought it. Anybody ever watch video or listen to anything on yahoo? And why would it cost in the billions even in the bubble era? Who actually lost that money? And how did he ever make that fake, inflated stock (or whatever it was) liquid? Who the heck bought it from HIM? I’m a pure, 100% free market, Adam Smith, etc. individual, but how sick is all that…? Think how many fortunes are contain in a billion dollars, and people were throwing that money around back then. Shouldn’t there have been alot of suicides like in the crash of the late 20s?

  • Angelos

    Sounds like sour grapes to me.
    He started an interesting company so he and others could follow their sports teams. Pretty smart, even in the era of dial-up.
    He sold high. Pretty smart.
    He invested his winnings wisely. Pretty smart.
    He never has to work again, but does anyway, and has fun doing it in interesting fields. Pretty smart.
    People shouldn’t criticize him for selling high. Criticize Yahoo.
    He’s a salesman and entertainer, and he got filthy rich as such. Good for him!
    On the tangents:
    The NBA sucks, and is steadily losing viewers. It’s a terrible product. But there is no bad publicity, so yes, a lot of people tuned in just to see Kobe. And yes, Kobe is an idiot.
    HDTV is the greatest thing in home entertainment. I bought my 57-incher 2 years ago for $3K, and have enjoyed increasing amount of programming since. I’m down to 4 hours of network programming, and only 1/2 hour of that is CBS, which is the only local channel I don’t get in HD. I don’t even watch football on CBS anymore. I watch the Fox game(s), the ESPN Sunday game, and the ABC Monday game, all in HD.
    I’d say my TV watching is 90-plus percent HD, in the specialty-channel range – inHD 1 and 2, HDNet 1 and 2, Disc-HD, PBS-HD, etc. You can’t go back to watching that fuzzy analog garbage once you get hooked on HD.

  • derby

    What’s really scary is that you “understand why the world pays attention to Paris Hilton.”
    Can you explain it to me please? I know of no one who gives a rat’s patoot about her, yet we have her shoved down our collective throats whenever she has a hang nail. Perhaps I just answered myself.
    So the question becomes, why does the media pay attention to Paris Hilton?

  • Angelos

    That’s what sells…
    People deny it, but SOMEONE is buying People, tabloids, etc.
    I have a meta-obsession, as I explain it to my friends. I don’t care about XYZ celebrity, but I DO care about the obsession with clebrities. Gawker, Defamer, the Superficial, etc. are a great source of daily amusement, to provide balance to all the politics in my main reads.
    But, the same people who care about Paris Hilton’s missing dog, or her old sex tape, or the Olsen twins, etc., just might tune into a Laker game, to see what a rapist playing basketball looks like.
    Cuban was right on.

  • http://www.hd.net mark cuban

    hey jeff
    if you couldnt understand any of the things I was talking about in the interview….
    HDTV and the issues and trends
    Digital distribution and the concept that transport of bits will take a new direction because cost per gbs is declining faster than the bandwidth to your house is increasing
    The impact of corporate battles where ubiquity is the only path to financial success.
    feel free to pop by my blog and ask
    I tried to make my comments at Web2.0 clear enough that all could follow. If I didnt succeed, feel free to ask any questions.
    btw, I found your comments by doing a search on
    http://www.icerocket.com under the blogs tab.

  • billg

    Ya, Jeff, feel free to ask questions on his blog, but don’t leave any negative comments. Mark likes to filter those out.
    Talk about ‘spin’……..

  • http://www.dotnetjunkies.com/WebLog/paul/ paul

    I wasn’t “heckling” Mark, but when John Heilemann commented that the Red Sox would win the World Series I had to let him know a Bronx man was there.
    Mark and I had a good chat at the party, I had left a comment on his blog four months ago and he remembered it!