Bravo is a cable television network owned by NBC Universal, is currently seen in more than 70 million homes and was the first service dedicated to film, drama and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980. The network originally started out as a movie network, showing various films along with movie-related specials like Inside the Actors Studio. It was also presented for twelve hours a night, rather than twenty-four hours. It was also commercial free. They also show telecasts of Cirque du Soleil and other performances. Bravo also houses reruns of popular NBC shows, like The Restaurant and The West Wing. More recently, Bravo has been running popular reality shows of its own, like the hit Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Boy Meets Boy and Manhunt.
Bravo has also launched an HDTV network called Bravo HD+ (now Universal HD). This network is not an HDTV simulcast, but rather has its own schedule and programming.