Univision’s Haim Saban wants new broadcast standard

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Haim-SabanUnivision chairman Haim Saban urged the development of a new broadcast transmission standard “to allow us to deliver our signal to all platforms, all the time,” on 4/7 at the NAB Show. “If we don’t, we will be left back in the 20th century. It is not an option,” he said, calling on the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) to “seriously not consider anything else,” The Hollywood Reporter quoted him as saying.


“Make it freakin’ happen,” Saban added, urging the NAB to lead the effort.

Saban’s remarks came during a keynote conversation with NAB CEO Gordon Smith.

During the discussion, Smith additionally asked Saban about his support for retransmission consent and why Congress and the FCC are so against it lately. “I don’t understand what the argument is,” Saban said. “I’ve got your content. I’m going to sell it and get paid for it—but I’m not going to pay you.’ It’s illogical; it doesn’t make any sense.”

He got a big laugh when he joked that the FCC must stand for “Friendly Cable Commission.”

See the Hollywood Reporter story here.


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