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Published: Friday, Aug. 19 2011 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Orem, UT

Can't wait to get the season started.

This exposure is going to be great for the school.

First Jimmermania swept the nation.

Cougar football is next!

Go Cougars!

Independence Is Bliss
San Jose, CA

This is a great write-up. Thanks Mr. Harmon! I love the idea of having control over our own distribution. Everything is geared towards building the BYU brand, rather than a conference's brand. This will pay HUGE dividends in the future. BYU has their priorities straight - Exposure is everything!

Gold Canyon, az

Independence is fascinating. I wonder how things would go if the Big 12 comes knocking.

Taylorsville, Ut

Sounds super: Except there is still no HD feed of BYUtv on Directtv or Dish as far as I can tell.

BYUtv you need to do what ever it takes to get the HD feeds on those satellite systems.

Nothing worse than watching BYUtv sporting events in SD on a HD set.

If there is anything we can do; please let us know. I have contacted Directtv on several occasions requesting
the HD feed; but it is not even on their future list of HD upgrades.

Lets get this done. In some ways it feels like we are starting all over again; when we had no MTN on satellite.

Bloomington, IN

Very interesting piece, being involved in the politics and finance of higher education, I had wondered about this very thing. Very timely piece.

Highland, UT


It shouldn't be an issue for you since you live in Utah and BYUtv's over the air signal is in HD. Just unplug your dish during the game and get some rabbit ears. Plus there is only one football game scheduled for BYUtv anyway, 10 of them are on ESPN which is all HD feeds.

More of a concern would be once basketball season begins as there will probably be quite a few BYU, and WCC, games on BYUtv. But once again since you live in Utah it is a very easy fix.

desert dweller

dont make much matter to me me rather they get it or not it wont be watched in my home. Im not a BYU fan. and just knowing I can see the Jazz play and not have to see jimmer made my day

Wasilla, AK

BYUtv has changed a lot in the last few years, My formerly inactive aunt who came into activity because of the many church oriented programs on KBYU now tells me to watch the Catholic channel if I need good religious programming.

Now that sewing, cooking, painting , exercise, sports etc. have moved to the forefront while uplifting religious programs are relegated to the 3 am slot it would be wonderful if the LDS Church had a channel of their own where the religious programming once offered on KBYU was available.

Blue Tater

Good article, probably the most comprehensive on the BYU channel/independance goals to date. But just don't see the ultimate goal in sports, especially for BYU fans the ability to materialize in their independance. Hidden in a sentence within this article is the crux "...BYU doesn't release that kind of information, and the product is ultimately built for exposure, not making money." The BYU sports fan, especially football minded, will ultimately be disappointed in the "exposure" goal because its not for "football" or sports exposure. BYU fans will have great access to veiwing their teams but it will only be BYU fans accessing and that isn't what will move BYU back into any national level debate again.

Orem, UT


"Independence is fascinating. I wonder how things would go if the Big 12 comes knocking."

All indications are that that invitation will come sooner than later; the catalyst will be the official announcement that Texas A&M is leaving for the SEC.

Time for Big XII to Expand (with BYU) - Sacramento Bee
Brigham Young Might Be What Big XII Needs - The Oklahoman
Big XII Has Few Options if A&M Defects - Yahoo/Rivals
At Last: Your Texas A&M/SEC Primer - ESPN

Many credible sources completely unconnected to BYU are saying that BYU is the most logical choice to replace Texas A&M.

Whether BYU accepts that invitation, or not, will depend on how stable the Big 12 looks to be going forward and whether BYU is able to keep all of their rebroadcast rights for BYUtv.

If Oklahoma and Texas are locked in to Big 12 membership for the next 5 years and BYU is able to keep its rebroadcast rights, there's a good probably BYU would accept an invitation to join the Big 12.

Iowa City, IA

Brian in AK makes some good points. I was under the impression BYUtv was a religious channel.

Guess not.

Saint George, UT

So true Brian, I used to turn to BYUtv whenever I wanted a little spiritual pick-me-up, but now they have way too many self help type shows that you mentioned.

On the HD issue, DirecTV told me that whenever BYUtv requests to be in HD, it will be. Maybe its a money issue so they're waiting til the season starts to pay a little less or something..?

Orem, UT


BYUtv was created to serve the mission of the LDS church, which is, to spread the word.

BYU sports are seen as a conduit for increasing exposure for BYU and, ultimately, the church that sponsors BYU.

AK Cougar
Palmer, AK

To Desert Dweller. Your blunt honesty is refreshing.

Good article Dick. The fundraising and financing of BYU Football is huge. It is on the big stage and takes a lot of money to make a big splash. I am glad to be able to watch on TV. I really don't care if it is on ESPN or BYUTV or whatever. I don't care if it is in HD or SD or or any other D. I am simply glad to watch.

Go Cougars

Iowa City, IA

TrueBlue, BYU would be the obvious choice for the Big-12 if they can get over any no-Sunday clause and decide they want to expand, and in lieu of TCU going to the Big East. And the Big-12 would be a better fit for BYU's other sports than the WCC. We'll see.

BlueCoug, then how do we explain the Food Nanny?

Kaysville, UT

Brian in AK

I suppose you have internet. The church operates the Mormon Channel where you can get all the religious and uplifting content you want.

Saint George, UT

BYU as a "replacement" for Texas A&M.

Be very careful Cougar fans.

There are reasons ($,$,$) why Nebraska and Colorado (gone) as well as Missouri and Texas A&M are desperately looking to leave the Big 1 and Little 9.

Texas controls everything ($,$,$) in the Big 12.

The Big 12 Commissioner will make BYU long for the days of the MWC.

If you want to know what it is like to "deal" with Texas types, imagine dealing with Texas Presidential Candidate Rick Perry EVERYDAY; and Rick Perry is only a Texas A&M Aggie.

Dealing with Texas would be like dealing with an autocratic Meth and Steriod addled Rick Perry.

BYU currently has a friendly "series" relationship with Texas. BYU fills a spot on the Texas Football schedule. Texas fills a spot on the BYU Football Schedule.


It would be a whole different matter if the Cougars had to "deal", with Texas, on a daily basis, as a member, of the Texas conference.

Just ask Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, and Texas A&M.

Salt Lake City, UT

Deseret Dweller

pssst -- we all know you'll be watching, though. You won't be able to keep away, just like you couldn't keep away from this article! Pass the popcorn to Chris B and Hedgehog.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT


Nothing sweeter than watching the Cougars get whipped...

You know...

It's Blocked.... It's Blocked... Utes Win... Utes Win... Utes Win...

Aahhhhh... nothin' sweeter.


HAHAHAHAHA! That is the funniest headline I've read this year. Of course it will be a money maker, regardless..........OH my goodness?

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