Game changer: New vision has BYUtv expanding audience with entertainment that is values based

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  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 1, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    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.

  • FreeMan Heber City, UT
    Oct. 1, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    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 do.

  • nwright PASCO, WA
    Sept. 30, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    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.

  • BoomerJeff Saint George, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    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 Lingo) etc.

  • robin212 richland, wa
    Sept. 30, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    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.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 12:55 p.m.

    Brad Smith,

    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.

  • Wasatch Sasquatch Draper, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    @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!

  • manaen Buena Park, CA
    Sept. 30, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    "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.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    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.

  • Kitenoa Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    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.

  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    Sept. 30, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    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.

  • lampa Mc Kinney, TX
    Sept. 30, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    I'm excited to check out some of these new shows

  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    Sept. 30, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    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.

  • drbarbiedpm GRAHAM, WA
    Sept. 30, 2011 10:44 a.m.

    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 it.

  • Brian Wasilla, AK
    Sept. 29, 2011 9:38 p.m.

    "Nobody turns to television to be edified or educated." Guess there isn't any reason to bother broadcasting conference this weekend.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Sept. 29, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    one old man: I think you are talking about KBYU.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Sept. 29, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    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 together.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 29, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    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.

  • Brad Smith San Francisco, CA
    Sept. 29, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    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.