BYU TV (stylized as BYUtv) is a television channel, founded in 2000, which is owned and operated as a part of Brigham Young University (BYU). The channel, available through cable and satellite distributors in the United States, produces a number of original series and documentaries with emphases in comedy, history, lifestyle, music and drama. BYUtv also regularly broadcasts a number of live-action Walt Disney films, classic films from other motion picture studios, nature documentaries, acquired medical/crime dramas and religious programs (consistent with the university's sponsoring organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)). Additionally, BYUtv Sports is the primary broadcaster of BYU Cougars athletics, producing more than 125 live sporting events in 2012 alone. The channel has won multiple Emmy Awards, and several of its original series have been praised by national television critics.
|Launched||January 1, 2000|
|Owned by||Brigham Young University|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
|Slogan||See the Good in the World|
|Broadcast area||United States, worldwide|
|Headquarters||Provo, Utah, United States|
|Provo/Salt Lake City area||KBYU-TV 11.1|
|Pago Pago, American Samoa||K11UU-D 11.4|
|DirecTV||68 (SD), 374 (SD)|
|Dish Network||4369 (HD), 9403 (SD)|
|C band||Galaxy 17 – 91W, transponder 12C at 3925 MHz|
|Ku-band||Galaxy 28 – 89W, transponder 604 at 11886.50 MHz|
|Telstar 12 – 15W, transponder 14 at 11567 MHz|
|C band||AsiaSat 5 – 100.5°E, transponder C4V at 3770 MHz|
|Cablevision (Bresnan)||check local listings|
|Centracom||SD – 8|
HD – 508
|Comcast||check local listings|
|Emery||033 (ETV Interactive)|
062 (Analog Cable)
|Verizon FiOS||290, 289|
|Spectrum (Charter, Time Warner Cable, Bright House)||check local listings|
|Prime Time (MSTAR)||014 (SLC metro)|
|AT&T U-verse||567 (SD)|
|BYUtv live streaming||http://www.byutv.org/livetv|
|Digital media receiver||Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV & Roku|
BYUtv broadcasts all of its original content, and most acquired content, worldwide online via its website. BYUtv is also carried through KBYU-TV, a television station in Provo, Utah also owned by the university, ensuring HD coverage across Salt Lake City and most of Utah. The channel is one of several operated by the university's BYU Broadcasting division, including the world feed BYUtv Global and BYUradio. Multiple celebrity guests and artists have made special appearances on BYUtv, notably Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees on the series AUDIO-FILES; Lea Salonga, Howard Jones, Duncan Sheik and Sixpence None the Richer on The Song That Changed My Life; and Shawn Bradley, The Piano Guys, and Mates of State on Studio C. Major athletes like Steve Young, Ty Detmer and Jimmer Fredette have also appeared on special BYUtv Sports broadcasts.
During 2010 and 2011, newly appointed BYUtv director of content, Scott Swofford, commissioned focus groups targeting TV viewers who were at least nominally religious, to see what they liked, disliked and wanted on TV. Swofford summarized the results as, "We want to be entertained. Then we'll stick around for the message." This led to the creation of the pilot for Granite Flats, which became BYUtv's first and flagship original scripted television drama series, and went on to significantly expand the channel's audience, eventually attracting about 500,000 viewers per episode, compared to the previous top-rated show, Love of Quilting, which typically drew under 10,000.
BYUtv produces shows under several categories: BYU Sports, Campus, Documentary, Faith, Family, Lifestyle, People, and Performing Arts. This includes original series, documentaries and religious service programs. The network also maintains an agreement with Walt Disney Pictures, carrying most of its live-action family films made from the 1950s until the late 1990s.
The channel's original series include:
- After Further Review
- American Ride
- Battle of the Ages
- Best Cake Wins
- BYU Sports Nation
- BYUtv Sports Post Game
- Chef Brad
- Coordinators' Corner
- Countdown to Kickoff
- Dinner Takes All
- Dwight in Shining Armor
- The Food Nanny
- The Generations Project
- Granite Flats
- The Kindness Diaries
- Painting the Town with Eric Dowdle
- Random Acts
- Relative Race
- Show Offs
- The Song That Changed My Life
- The Story Trek
- Studio C
- Turning Point
Current broadcast acquisitions include:
- Hetty Feather
- Just Like Mom and Dad
- Lark Rise to Candleford
- Undercover High
- Wind at My Back
Religious programming derives from the LDS Church, which owns and operates BYU. Most religious programming airs on Sundays or in the early morning hours on BYUtv:
- CES and church devotionals
- General Conference broadcasts and rebroadcasts
- Music and the Spoken Word
- BYU devotionals and forums
- BYU Education Week and Women's Conference
The channel is the primary home for most telecasts of BYU Cougars athletics, including select home and away games for football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, gymnastics, men's and women's volleyball and women's soccer. Beginning in 2009, the network also began covering BYU-Hawaii sports, including all conference home games in women's volleyball and men's basketball, as well as select conference home games in women's basketball and additional non-conference home games for men's basketball.
In 2011, BYUtv added the WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments to their sports broadcasts. BYUtv produced the first round and quarterfinals of the men's and women's basketball tournaments, which were also broadcast on ESPN3.com.
In 2011, ESPN reached a deal to become the official broadcaster for most games of the newly independent BYU Cougars football team. At least one home game per season will air live on BYUtv, along with reruns on BYUtv of home games broadcast on ESPN's networks. Its coverage also includes pre-game and post-game shows, with the pre-game show Countdown to Kickoff hosted by BYU Cougars alumni Alema Harrington, Dave McCann and a rotating panel of analysts: Gary Sheide, Blaine Fowler, David Nixon, Brian Logan and Jan Jorgensen. In 2014 Spencer Linton would replace Alema Harrington on the panel.
Additionally, the network launched a separate website for its sports coverage, Byutvsports.com, in partnership with ESPN and IMG College. The site features news, video and free video on demand streaming of recent games. The site folded back into byutv.org in fall 2015.
The channel also produces its own sports shows including BYU Sports Nation (weekdays, 1 hr), Countdown to Kickoff (preceding each football game, 1 hr), Postgame Show (following each football game, 30m – 1 hr), After Further Review (weekly on Tuesdays, 1 hr), Inside BYU Football (weekly on Tuesdays, 1/2 hour) and previously carried Bronco Mendenhall's post-game press conferences for football games.
The network is currently available to approximately 65 million cable and DTH (direct-to-home) satellite subscribers in the United States. It is provided by nearly 600 cable operators around the United States. As the main feed of KBYU-TV, the station has full distribution throughout the Salt Lake City television market.
In 2011, live streaming of BYUtv as well as on demand programs were made available through the iPad, iPhone, iPod and Roku streaming player. In August 2013, BYUtv released its app for Android. In April 2014, BYUtv released its app for Xbox 360. In 2015, BYUtv released its apps for Chromecast, FireTV, and Fire tablets and phones.
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