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Bravo 2

Bravo 2
Bravo 2 logo
Launched 2 March 2006 (2006-03-02)
Closed 1 January 2011 (2011-01-01)
Owned by Living TV Group
(British Sky Broadcasting)
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Formerly called Player
(until 28 September 2006)
Sister channel(s) Bravo
Availability
(at time of closure)
Satellite
Sky Channel 153
Cable
Virgin Media Channel 138

Bravo 2 was a television channel in the UK, that originally launched as Player on 2 March 2006. It was originally a spin-off of Challenge. On 28 September 2006, Player was rebranded as Bravo 2, and became a sister channel of Bravo.

On 15 September 2010, BSkyB announced that it will close Bravo 2 as well as sister channels Bravo and Channel One.[1] The Bravo channels closed on 1 January 2011, with the most popular programmes moved to the other Sky channels.[2]

Programming

The channel's programming consisted of gambling and sport-related programmes. The ident for Player was the same as that of its original late night slot on Challenge, except with yellow colouring and without the famous club.

As Player, they added exclusive coverage of the FIA GT Championship to its portfolio of sports events. The channel also carried a limited amount of Serie A matches under the production of Bravo.

From January 2007, the channel started broadcasting Total Nonstop Action Wrestling programming and was the only channel in the UK which had the exclusive rights for TNA Wrestling programming, which consisted of a two day delay for the American broadcast TNA weekly show "TNA Impact!" and a three day delay for TNA's monthly pay-per-views.[3] On 5 January 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 of 3 February 2011, TNA's programming now airs on Challenge under the name of Impact Wrestling.

References

  1. ^ Sweney, Mark (15 September 2010). "BSkyB to close Bravo and Channel One".  
  2. ^ "Sky confirms Bravo shutdown date". Digital Spy. 22 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "TNA Wrestling to air on Bravo 2". Retrieved 3 January 2007. 
  4. ^ "TNA confirms move to main Bravo channel". Retrieved 2 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "TNA Wrestling extends deal with Bravo channels". Retrieved 1 July 2008. 

External links

  • Bravo 2 at BRAVO.co.uk.
  • The TV Room looks at presentation/branding on Bravo 2.
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