Whatever happened to Matthew 6:33?? It speaks about "seeking First the
Kingdom of God". BYU TV used to do that with Gospel programming all around
the clock mixed with other things.This newer BYU TV, this more
"secular" version, limits The Lord and the Gospel to basically real
early in the mornings weekdays and just on Sundays. Not Prime Time anymore.
Most of this new programming is just "fluff". It doesn't teach about
the Lord Jesus or His Gospel. This type of "fluff" is already on
other cable/satellite channels.I along with others have noticed this
"Change" in emphasis and have stated these concerns on these Comment
Boards. So this author of this story has NOT done his homework. The article
stated "no opposition" to the new direction of BYU TV. That's Not
True. Comments on this Comments Board have stated concerns!!This is
a SAD situation that the feelings of us, who like to really study the gospel, are so easily covered over as Non-important.
Brad, BYU has three or four active channels. Some carry Gospel material almost
exclusively.But for some of us, who are seeking some wholesome
entertainment and don't particularly want to devote 24/7 to pure religion, this
new format may offer some respite from endless re-runs of Little House, My Three
Sons, and a few other oldies.
To Brad Smith: I am thinking about our youth who love to watch movies. How
about more good old time movies that entertain and would have the G rating for
all audiances. If we had more good old movies on BYUtv, our children and
grandchildren would not need to go to the movies and pay big dollars to watch
things they should not be watching. Movies such as Flash gordon, Sting, The
Scarlet Pimpernel, A connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, etc, etc, etc.
How about some Church produced movies as well, such as The Book of Mormon movie
about the conversion of Parley P. Pratt, and many others. It is a tv station -
it ought to show several movies a week. My opinion, but should not be only LDS
faith based programs. I think the new director is spot on, other than he needs
to put something on there for the kids and for the whole family to watch
one old man: I think you are talking about KBYU.
"Nobody turns to television to be edified or educated." Guess there
isn't any reason to bother broadcasting conference this weekend.
I, for one, do turn to television to be educated and edified. If I watch TV on
Sunday, it is only BYU TV. I really miss all of the devotionals and firesides
and "religious" programming. I think BYU TV has really gone downhill.
At least on Sunday I think they should air religious programming. I haven't
really seen any of the new programs the article mentions but, that is a good
alternative for wholesome entertainment/programming during the week. But please
keep Sunday to religious programming. There are many of us who would appreciate
I like the direction Scott and the Board of Directors are taking the programming
on BYUTV. They are going to preserve LDS content for Sundays, but on other days,
why not increase our national exposure and ability to draw in an audience with
programming that appeals to everyone who enjoys seeing good prevail in the
world, and bringing good into their homes. Then, we have a better chance of
having them tune in on Sundays to see the LDS stuff. It is a win win.
I'm excited to check out some of these new shows
But even on Sundays, we have to do better than sitting around a table discussing
scriptures. We need to be engaging, intriguing, uplifting, and edifying.
I like the new direction BYUtv is taking. I see it as an entertaining and
educational television for our time. This format can presently teach applicable
gospel principles and reach a wider range of audiences, both within and new to
the Church.Die hard 24/7 scriptorian students can retrieve any
subject of their choice from internet.
Hopefully as BYUtv continues to build brand they'll also continue to build
offerings and infrastructure. I love the devotionals and round table
discussions, but the network will be irrelevant in no time if that's all they
offer in between football games. However, if they offer those shows online or
sprinkled around here or there or on Sundays then I'll be satisfied. They not
only have to remain relevant but also please existing and potential Church
members, a fine line to walk. I do also have a large amount of optimism for
BYUtv; the Church would not have invested so heavily in it if they did not view
it as an integral part of the future.
"Nobody turns to television to be edified or educated they go to be
entertained."This stunning statement of error at least gives me
clarity. I have more entertainment sources than I can use but I only had one
source for what was BYUtv's edifiying content. I used to recommend BYUtv to my
non-LDS friends frequently. I rarely bother to watch it myself anymore. I
wondered who wrecked BYUtv; thanks for naming the culprit.Sports
independence was for the Church's message's "exposure." We built a
new hi-tech broadcast facility to deliver it. Now we bury that message so that
non-LDS curious about the buzz around BYU's vaunted network will see instead
Dean Jones's movies and original programming designed NOT to tip our hand.
Why?I'm part of an affiliation of 60+ churches in central LA working
against gang violence. Working with these good-hearted ministers taught me both
their Christian commitment and how much the Church offers that they lack.
BYUtv's former message is needed badly. Saying "it's LDS members' turn to
sacrifice" actually says to put a bushel basket over the truth to hide it
from non-LDS -- making theirs the greater sacrifice.
@Brad, just curious ... how many hours per week did you spend watching white
guys in leis and scripture roundtables. The motto of the network is to help
others " See the Good." Good comes in many forms, and is not found
exclusively within devotional rebroadcasts or BYU religion professors discussing
Isaiah. I think the new direction for the network is awesome and applaud their
efforts. I never watched BYUtv before, but I've caught myself checking out
occasionally in the past few weeks. Keep it up!
Brad Smith,drbarbiedpm,manaen,I agree. Sunday isn't the
only day to be LDS. I personally was disappointed early on when I saw football
on BYUtv. People in and out of Utah have plenty of access to BYU football via
other means. Some of the programming I've seen that I found very edifying is not
available elsewhere. I remember a show with Bob Evans on family issues that was
rebroadcast on one of the BYU channels. It was wonderful, but will never be
available elsewhere, yet football will.I personally have a hard time
making a connection between football and spreading a message. But even if that
is so, I would certainly argue that there are more effective ways that would
spread better messages to larger audiences than by using football. I'm not a
sports person at all, but when I even try to say something to people while they
watch 'the game' I can't get in a word without getting a sharp response for
interrupting their attention span. I don't hate sports- I simply don't see them
as a tv medium to spread truth.I think family-strengthening
programs, gospel study, general conference, etc. would do more good.
I echo Wasatch Sasquatch's (12:42 p.m. Sept. 30, 2011 ) sentiment. I never
watched BYUtv before, but have been excited to watch the new shows being
offered. Previous posters have made allusions to many sources of entertainment
available today. I have perused the offerings on both local TV and cable
television, and aside from the occasional programs on the history channel,
discovery, or food network, there is nothing but garbage being broadcast.
Reality TV and sitcoms have really taken a nosedive for quality and in the
morality of characters portrayed. In the church we believe in
seeking those things that are "lovely, of good report, or
praiseworthy" (13th article of faith). A bow that remains strung all the
time will lose its spring (some non-scripture study, down time programming is
what we all need some times). So I think the new direction of BYUtv is
refreshing and what many people are looking for.
Thanks, I didn't know BYUTV was doing this so I'll watch some of the new
programs. Personally, I did not watch all the scripture study/devotional
segments, too boring and too tempting to change the channel:) I've been
watching some of the old Disney movies recently they have been showing. There
are some great old series, Father Knows Best, Donna Reed Show, Loretta Young
Show, Touched by an Angel, Route 66 that have alot of great values that would
fit into their programming. Also, why not show all the old BYU films from the
50s-60s, they are really fun to watch and have great messages too. (Man's Search
for Happiness, Mirror, Mirror, How Near to the Angels, Windows of Heaven, Johnny
Brad Smith, A Voice of Reason, and all the other retirees who are posting on
here that BYUtv is turning into MTV, need to go have their early dinner of
cantaloupe and dates, and go to bed at 7 with the rest of the nursing home.
BYUtv is not getting more secular. It is a great family station that has plenty
of religious broadcasting along with very family oriented entertainment. I'm
sorry that you are appalled that BYU football is on BYUtv, but it should be. You
are probably just as appalled that between conference sessions tomorrow they
will have commercials for Macey's and the Creamery. Think of all the other
religious channels that are on tv right now, and what do you do when you come
across them? You flip past them as quick as possible. Why? Because they would
bore you to death if you stayed to watch them. BYUtv is at least trying to reach
out to those not of our faith and introduce them to the church without thinking
that we are weirdos. Keep it up BYUtv. -Love a very grateful BYU fan that
can now watch his BYU Football.
Some of you are missing the point entirely. Have you ever heard of the 4 fold
mission of the church? There are plenty of "perfect the saints"
programs in the Church. BYUtv's mission has switched to "proclaim the
gospel". And the best way to proclaim the gospel is to help people see the
good (our common values). The other hard-core religious programming just
reinforces negative stereotypes of mormons (as do your critical comments). I
applaud the new direction. I never used to watch BYUtv. And now I occasionally
FreeMan, I guess the Church ought not to public General Conference either. I
don't care if people think it's old and hard-core. Those who want the truth will
find it. It would be better to focus our efforts on promoting what is right. I
PERSONALLY don't want football, but I don't hate that others do... not in the
slightest.All those who have a problem with us commenting our
concerns... calm down, then realize that we simply wish that things were done a
certain way. We have every reason to voice that concern. I wasn't criticizing
BYU or anyone on this forum. I simply want BYU to stay true to what I believe it
was intended for. And quite frankly, I don't see football as proclaiming the
gospel. If you have a problem with that, fine... but I'm not criticizing your
views, just vocalizing what I wish would happen.