Stingray Brava
Stingray Brava Logo
Broadcast areaEurope
HeadquartersAlmere, Netherlands
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerStingray Group (since 2015)
Sister channelsStingray Djazz
Stingray iConcerts
Stingray Lite TV
Launched2006; 18 years ago (2006) (Pan-European feed)
1 July 2010; 13 years ago (2010-07-01) (Dutch feed)
ReplacedCultuur 7 (Flanders)
Closed1 March 2019; 5 years ago (2019-03-01)
Replaced byStingray Brava Europe:
Closed down, effectively replaced by Stingray Classica Europe
Stingray Brava Dutch:
Rebranded as a local version of Stingray Classica
Former namesStingray Brava Europe:
Brava HDTV (2007–2013)
Brava HD (2013–2014)
Brava (2014–2016)
Stingray Brava Dutch:
Brava NL (2009–2013)
Brava NL Klassiek (2013–2014)
Brava (2014–2016)

Stingray Brava (formerly Brava) was a cultural television channel originated in the Netherlands, owned by the Stingray Group in Canada. The programming consisted of opera, ballet, and concertos. Productions were recorded in opera houses such as the Royal Opera House, the Teatro Real, and La Scala. The productions consisted of stage performances such as La bohème, Otello, Aida, Swan Lake, Tosca, Zoroastre and Così fan tutte.


Brava was founded by Jur Bron and Gerard Ardesch.[1] The pan-European Brava HDTV (now Stingray Brava Europe) was launched in 2006, and Brava NL (now Stingray Brava Dutch), which is broadcast in Dutch and focuses on Dutch contents, began on 1 July 2009. Brava was co-owned by Strengholt BV between 23 December 2011 and 31 July 2015.[2][3]

On 25 November 2010, Brava launched Brava 3D, which showcased stereoscopic 3D television content across Europe as a Free-to-air channel on the Astra 3B satellite. The channel, however, was closed down on 1 August 2012.[4][5]

The Canadian company Stingray Group took over Brava on 31 July 2015.[6] Followed by Cultuur 7 in Flanders in October 2015, which merged with Brava on 1 December 2015.[7] Both versions of Brava (all of which simplified names to Brava in 2014) were renamed as Stingray Brava at the end of 2016.[8]

The Stingray Brava brand was abolished on 1 March 2019, in favour of Stingray Classica.[9] Stingray acquired Classica brand and channels from Unitel in Germany in 2017.


Stingray Brava Europe
Launched as Brava HDTV in 2007, it rebranded as Brava HD in 2013, before simplifying its name as Brava in 2014. This version was available in English and French across Europe. This version was closed down on 1 March 2019, and it was effectively replaced by an existing pan-European version of Stingray Classica.
Stingray Brava Dutch
Launched on 1 July 2009 as Brava NL, the Dutch version was renamed as Brava NL Klassiek in May 2013.[10] It simplified its name as Brava in 2014. On 1 December 2015, the Dutch version of Brava replaced Cultuur 7 in Belgium (which Stingray acquired earlier in October 2015[11][12]) in its former channel slot; Cultuur 7's programmes were integrated into the new Brava's schedule.[13] This version was rebranded as Stingray Classica on 1 March 2019.

See also


  1. ^ Jarco Kriek (5 July 2006). "BRAVA HDTV eerste Nederlands HDTV kanaal" (in Dutch).
  2. ^ Jarco Kriek (23 December 2011). "Strengholt stapt in Brava en SchlagerTV" (in Dutch). Totaal TV.
  3. ^ Robert Briel (23 December 2011). "Strengholt neemt belang in Brava en SchlagerTV" (in Dutch). Broadband TV News.
  4. ^ Change Log Brava 3D
  5. ^ Kabel Noord - 3D kanaal Brava 3D gestopt
  6. ^ "Stingray Announces Closing of Transaction with Brava TV Group" (Press release). Stingray Digital. 31 July 2015.
  7. ^ Robert Briel (26 November 2015). "Cultuur 7 becomes Brava".
  8. ^ Jan-Hein Visser (31 October 2016). "Brava NL bij Ziggo vanaf november als Stingray" (in Dutch).
  9. ^ Lukáš Polák (19 February 2019). "Stanici Stingray Brava nahradí 1. března Stingray Classica, v nabídce ji mají i čeští operátoři" (in Czech).
  10. ^ Jan-Hein Visser (16 May 2013). "BravaNL verder als brava nl klassiek" (in Dutch). Totaal TV.
  11. ^ Chris Dziadul (6 October 2015). "Stingray's Brava buys Cultuur 7".
  12. ^ "Brava Acquires Flemish Television Channel Cultuur 7" (Press release). Stingray Digital. 5 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Cultuur 7 gaat op 1 december over in Brava" (in Dutch). Brava. Archived from the original on 26 November 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015.