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Cuban Wants Your HD Ideas. But Just the Good Ones.

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban wants your ideas for a new HD show - just don't let them have anything to do with poker, sports or reality talent shows, a la American Idol.

The founder of HDNet (and owner of the Dallas Mavericks) said on his blog yesterday that he's tired of reading pitches for ideas that are "a derivative of something that is already being done, or something so obvious its an insult that they are pitching it." Among the ideas that he's not interested in hearing about is another "compete for a Mavs roster spot" show. (Actually, as a viewer, I kind of think I might want watch that show - but that's me...)

Last week, I wrote a story about the rise of High Definition television and the growing adoption by mainstream America - 26 percent of households in the U.S. are watching HD programming today and that sales of HD sets are finally outpacing sales of analog sets, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. That means that the networks, as well as the cable and satellite companies, are on the hot-seat to start delivering more programming in HD. Viewers enjoy their HD programming - just ask the folks at Discovery HD Theater, which is in the fourth year of producing Sunrise Earth, a show that features footage of, well, sunrises. (It truly is beautiful in HD.)

Cuban apparently is looking for something a bit more exciting than that. Good ideas for an HD show can be posted at Cuban's BlogMaverick.

By Sam Diaz  |  May 15, 2007; 2:44 PM ET  | Category:  Sam Diaz
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When posting a new idea to Mr. Cuban, who get's the credit and the profit of the show if it gets picked??

Posted by: Soren Jensen | May 16, 2007 1:53 PM

good question. I imagine that's something you'd have to negotiate.

Posted by: sam diaz | May 18, 2007 11:03 AM

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