Of course some of the programming in religious, since it is a religious school, duh, but looking at the schedule for today and Saturday you see very little in the way of true religious programming, unless you think that a series called 'Dogs with Jobs' and Yoga workout is religious. Today there is four hours of religious programming and 2 hours of sports. On Saturday, it is only a half-hour religious and nearly 9 1/2 hours of sports.
Heck at that rate you would have to say that ABC Family is religious channel and I know damn well that they don't get that for free.
And while BYUTV could be free, and it would be in keeping with the LDS mission, we don't really know that that is true. It's just a guess.
Sure, some of the non-religious programming matches the LDS mission, like genealogy how-tos, but they are not in themselves religious. Most is just the kind of stuff that you would see from any college network.
It's a good model for Longhorn, minus the religious programming, of course, and one that UT has said that they want for the network. I just wish that they were already covering more non-sports activities like they have promised.
The only real complaint that you have is with the amount that ESPN is wanting for the network. But anyone could say the same thing about any of the niche channels that we all pay for. Trust me, I'll never watch Fox Sports Cincinnati, Logo, OWN, etc., but I couldn't really care less that they are there.
You are showing how little you know about LDS.
Ever been to the LDS visitors center in DC? They have a traditional home on display. They consider every day living topics to be part of their religion. Not everything they do is bible readings or prophet teachings. It is all religious to them. Even the sports. Or did you miss the basketball story from last year.
Now you are comparing the channel to abc family. You don't get it at all.