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Bravo
Bravo UK.svg
Launched 1985
Owned by Virgin Media Television
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.2%
0.1% (+1) (July 2009, BARB)
Country  United Kingdom
Sister channel(s) Bravo 2
Timeshift service Bravo +1
Website bravo.co.uk
Availability
Satellite
Sky Digital Channel 123
Channel 124 (+1)
Channel 153 (2)
Cable
Virgin Media


On Demand Content in
Channel 136
Channel 137 (+1)
Channel 138 (2)
Catch-Up TV On Demand
TV Choice On Demand
Bravo HD On Demand
UPC Ireland Channel 508
Channel 509 (+1)
WightCable Channel 83/116

Bravo is a British television channel, owned by Virgin Media Television. Its target audience is currently men in their late twenties to early forties and shows a variety of both archive programming (such as Knight Rider & MacGyver) and original productions.

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History

It has undergone many transformations since it began broadcasting as a channel for mainly black & white programmes from the 1950s and 1960s such as The Avengers and many ITC Entertainment productions. A policy change to withdraw all of their black & white shows soon saw them move on to specialise in science fiction and horror before becoming known for showing crime documentaries by day and adult programming at night. Since then it has decreased the adult content and increased sports and imported shows like Alias. Bravo also aired World Championship Wrestling's flagship show Nitro during WCW's final year in business and also showed Extreme Championship Wrestling's show ECW Hardcore TV during ECW's final year in business.

On July 22, 1993, Bravo launched on the Astra 1C satellite in anticipation of the launch of Sky Multichannels in September 1993.[1] With the launch on Astra, the channel started broadcasting between noon and midnight, which it continued doing until February 3, 1997, when Trouble launched and took over the channel's afternoon and early evening broadcast hours, meaning Bravo would broadcast between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. CNBC Europe timeshared with the channel on weekdays and Living on weekends until 2001.

On 28 August 2005, the channel started showing Serie A Italian football, bringing back the Channel 4 format Football Italia. However, poor viewing figures saw Bravo cancel first the weekly Gazetta Football Italia show, then announce it would stop showing Italian Football altogether after 23 December 2006 (it has since been taken up by Five). The channel's other highest-profile sports coverage is its exclusive UK rights to Ultimate Fighting Championship archives as well as recent events (live rights are now held by ESPN), as well as related reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter. The network aired an Adult Swim block nightly at around midnight until 7 July 2008 when Adult Swim block ceased broadcast on Bravo. Recently the channel has acquired rights to show Blade: The Series, and The Kill Point.

From January 2007 Bravo's sister channel Bravo 2 had the exclusive UK rights to broadcast Total Nonstop Action Wrestling programming which consisted of only a two day delay from the American broadcast of the TNA weekly show "TNA Impact!" and a three day delay for the TNA Monthly Pay Per Views.[2] Since January 5, 2008 TNA Impact! was moved to Bravo, with replays of the show on Bravo 2. .[3] Bravo's original contract for TNA Wrestling Programming was an 18 month contract and was distributed by RDA TV, and the deal was extended on 1 July 2008 for another 18 months which was once again negotiated by RDA TV.[4]

As of 3 June 2008, Bravo along with all other Virgin owned channels have become widescreen (16:9) capable. This is coupled with a redesign of the on-screen graphic (the words BRAVO are shown as opposed to the logo).

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Bravo
File:Bravo
Launched 1985
Owned by Living TV Group (British Sky Broadcasting)
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.3%
0.1% (+1) (August 2010, BARB)
Slogan Home of the brave
Country United Kingdom
Sister channel(s) Bravo 2
Timeshift service Bravo +1
Website bravo.co.uk
Availability
Satellite
Sky Channel 123
Channel 124 (+1)
Cable
Virgin Media


On Demand Content in
Channel 136
Channel 137 (+1)
Catch-Up TV On Demand
TV Choice On Demand
Bravo HD On Demand
UPC Ireland Channel 508
Channel 509 (+1)
WightCable Channel 83/116
Internet television
Sky Player Watch live (UK & Ireland only)

Bravo is a British television channel, owned by Living TV Group, a subsidiary of British Sky Broadcasting. Its target audience is currently males in their late twenties to early forties and shows a variety of both archive programming (such as Knight Rider and MacGyver) and original productions.

On 15 September 2010, BSkyB announced that it would close Bravo as well as sister channels Bravo 2 and Channel One.[1]

Contents

History

It has undergone many transformations since it began broadcasting as a channel for mainly black & white programmes from the 1950s and 1960s such as The Avengers and many ITC Entertainment productions. A policy change to withdraw all of their black & white shows soon saw them move on to specialise in science fiction and horror before becoming known for showing crime documentaries by day and adult programming at night. Since then it has decreased the adult content and increased sports and imported shows like Alias. Bravo also aired World Championship Wrestling's flagship show Nitro during WCW's final year in business and also showed Extreme Championship Wrestling's show ECW Hardcore TV during ECW's final year in business.

On July 22, 1993, Bravo launched on the Astra 1C satellite in anticipation of the launch of Sky Multichannels in September 1993.[2] With the launch on Astra, the channel started broadcasting between noon and midnight, which it continued doing until February 3, 1997, when Trouble launched and took over the channel's afternoon and early evening broadcast hours, meaning Bravo would broadcast between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. CNBC Europe (called EBN European Business News back then) timeshared with the channel on weekdays and Living on weekends until 2001.

On 28 August 2005, the channel started showing Serie A Italian football, bringing back the Channel 4 format Football Italia. However, poor viewing figures saw Bravo cancel first the weekly Gazetta Football Italia show, then announce it would stop showing Italian Football altogether after 23 December 2006 (it has since been taken up by Five, and currently ESPN). The channel's other highest-profile sports coverage is its exclusive UK rights to Ultimate Fighting Championship archives as well as recent events (live rights are now held by ESPN), as well as related reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter. The network aired an Adult Swim block nightly at around midnight until 7 July 2008 when Adult Swim block ceased broadcast on Bravo. Recently the channel has acquired rights to show Blade: The Series, and The Kill Point.

From January 2007 Bravo's sister channel Bravo 2 had the exclusive UK rights to broadcast Total Nonstop Action Wrestling programming which consisted of only a two day delay from the American broadcast of the TNA weekly show "TNA Impact!" and a three day delay for the TNA Monthly Pay Per Views.[3] Since January 5, 2008 TNA Impact! was moved to Bravo, with replays of the show on Bravo 2. .[4] Bravo's original contract for TNA Wrestling Programming was an 18 month contract and was distributed by RDA TV, and the deal was extended on 1 July 2008 for another 18 months which was once again negotiated by RDA TV.[5]

Since 3 June 2008, Bravo along with the other Living TV Group owned channels has begun broadcasting in widescreen (16:9). This was coupled with a redesign of the on-screen graphic (the words BRAVO are shown as opposed to the logo).

In May 2010 Virgin Media Television has unveiled new channel branding for Bravo to coincide with major new series Spartacus: Blood And Sand. It involved a new logo to "match the premium content and ambition of the channel" along with a new strapline, "Bravo: Home of the Brave".[6]

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