BYU Television International

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Overview

BYU Television International (also known as BYU TV-I) is a cable/satellite television channel operated by Brigham Young University. It is a sister station to BYU Television, which broadcasts in English, while BYU Television International broadcasts simultaneously in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Content originates from the University and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the LDS Church.

Audience

Broadcasting via Satellite, BYU Television International is available in most parts of the world. It aims to provide viewers worldwide with high-quality, educational and inspirational programming. It is available through direct satellite broadcast services such as Dish Network and DIRECTV, cable carriers, the satellite system of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Internet streaming powered by Move Networks.

The intended audiences of BYU Television International are the alumni and friends of Brigham Young University, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and others who are interested in the beliefs and values of the church and its educational institutions.

BYU Television International
Type

Satellite, Cable

Name

BYU Television International

Country

United States

Availability

Latin America, Iberian Peninsula, Worldwide

Owner/Operator

Brigham Young University

Launch Date

March 2007

Website

BYU Television International

Content

BYU Television International is a cable channel dedicated to the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America with audio channels available in English, Spanish and Portuguese that launched in the first quarter of 2007. Programming includes:

  • Programs geared toward the family with a focus on modern-day challenges and well-being
  • Special theatrical productions such as dance and theater
  • Musical interpretations such as symphony orchestras, choirs, and jazz groups
  • Sporting events at BYU such as basketball, volleyball, football, baseball and gymnastics
  • Life-long learning in the form of educational programming
  • Informative programs about gardening, cooking, exercise and physical health
  • Documentary films about historic and modern-day events
  • “Music and the Spoken Word” presented by “The Mormon Tabernacle Choir”
  • Devotionals and forums from BYU
  • Original programming by Bonneville International and other independent contributors
  • General Conferences and discussions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Future local programming originating in areas where BYU Television International is transmitted

History

In 2005, a Cable Operator near Lima, Peru contacted BYU Television, expressing interest in carrying their channel. This prompted representatives of BYU Television to visit Peru in order to assess local response to the programming. The positive feedback led to discussions about a larger-scale expansion. Fueled by an increased demand for translated content from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and [http:/byu.edu Brigham Young University] and the notable growth of the Church in Latin America, discussions led to the decision to launch an entirely new Spanish-language channel (Newsroom).

Plans to launch BYU Television International were approved in late 2006 by BYU's Board of Trustees. A generous donation by Rex and Ruth Maughan, the founders of Forever Living Products, in Phoenix, Arizona helped make the expansion possible (LDS Philanthropies).

BYU Television International began transmitting in the early part of 2007, and was fully operational and made available to the general public on 2 March 2007. At the time of launch, more than 90 cable operators had already committed to carry the station (Bell).

The future homeof BYU Television International will be on the side of the hill just east of the Marriott Center and north of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum (Walsh).

Though the channel is currently geared toward a Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking audience, it is expected that in the future, BYU Television International will be available worldwide in dozens of languages.

Impacts

The expansion of BYU Television International has enabled Church members to gain a new level of involvement in the Church. Programs which would not otherwise be available are now being shared throughout the globe. General Conference has been brought to members’ homes for the first time, enabling them to hear the literal voice of the prophet. Saints world-wide also expressed appreciation that they were able to participate in the funeral services for the beloved Gordon B. Hinckley, former prophet and president of the LDS Church. BYU Television International has helped catalyze missionary work as well as strengthen Church members, as described by a branch president in Paraguay.

We, the Latter-day Saints of the city of Villarrica, Paraguay consider ourselves very blessed by our Heavenly Father to be able to enjoy the programming on BYU TV-I. We are no longer isolated, now we can see and hear the leaders of our Church in our own homes, as well as good music and further instruction, something that was inaccessible to us before, and was a privilege reserved for the members in the USA. But now, thanks to the efforts of brothers and sisters like you who donate their money and time, we can receive this great blessing. You can¹t imagine what a blessing it is, because it is impossible to express in words. It is something that can only be felt.

Now we have the opportunity to show our whole city who we really are as Latter-day Saints. They have already been pleasantly surprised to see the programs of music, sports and general instruction that appear on the channel. Furthermore, members have even been interviewed by local radio stations to tell more about the Church, especially our beliefs.

We know that that thanks to the efforts of our brothers and sisters of the Church in the United Status, now we can grow in every way. As leaders, thanks to the channel, we are receiving instruction directly from General Authorities in our own homes, and the Youth can see firesides in the Branch Meetinghouse or in their homes, a privilege that they didn¹t have before. It was nearly impossible to travel 100 Kilometers to the Stake Center to see these events.

There aren¹t words to express how grateful we are to the people that make this miracle possible in our lives. Thanks to this channel, our families have been strengthened, we have the privilege of listening to the [General] Authorities every day, and we enjoy the beautiful music of the Tabernacle Choir before going to work. Now, we start our days in a different way. I imagine it is similar to what happens with the members in Utah.

This weekend, the members in the city of Villarrica had the privilege of watching the four sessions of the General Conference from their homes, as well as the Relief Society Broadcast. It is truly a privilege to be the first members in Paraguay to enjoy such a great blessing, thanks to your sacrifice and efforts.

Also the Branch Meetinghouse was just like a Stake or District Center, because all the sessions of Conference were shown on large screen. Some members of the Church that traveled 60 Kilometers were able to watch the Conference of the Church for the first time. They had never seen it before, because they had to travel more than 200 Kilometers to be able to watch it.

We know that this city, which was so hard for missionary work, will finally change, thanks to the prayers of faithful members, and thanks to brothers and sisters like you that show us your love and patience.

ALCIDES MERCADO
BRANCH PRESIDENT OF VILLARRICA
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