Broadcast areaDanish Realm
HeadquartersDR Byen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Picture format16:9 720p (HDTV)
Sister channelsDR2
DR Ramasjang
Launched2 October 1951; 72 years ago (1951-10-02)[1]
Former namesStatsradiofonien TV (1951–1959),
Danmarks Radio TV (1959–1964),
DR TV (1964–1996)
DTTChannel 1
Streaming media
DR TVwww.dr.dk/drtv/kanal/20875 (only in EU and EEA)

DR1 (DR Et) is the flagship television channel of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR). It became Denmark's first television station when it began broadcasting in 1951 – at first only for an hour a day three times a week.

Besides its productions, the channel also broadcasts co-productions with other Nordic countries through Nordvision, as well as a significant amount of programmes from English-speaking countries like the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, all in the original language with Danish subtitles. Its news programme is called TV Avisen.

Broadcasting hours

Technological advances

Colour TV

Colour television test broadcasts were started in March 1967, with the first large-scale colour broadcasting occurring for the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France.[2] DR officially ended "test" transmissions of colour television on April 1, 1970, although it wasn't until 1978 that their last black-and-white television program (TV Avisen) switched to colour.[2]


On 16 May 1983 at 14:00 CEST, DR launched its first teletext information service, which is still available on all DR channels.[3]

Widescreen TV

In 2004 DR announced plans for a complete switch from a 4:3 screen ratio to 16:9 widescreen broadcasts. The switch occurred in 2006 when DR moved its production facilities from TV-Byen to DR Byen in Copenhagen. The last of DR1's own productions to switch to widescreen was the daily news programme (TV Avisen) in November 2006.[4]

Digital TV

At midnight on November 1, 2009 the analogue broadcasts shut down nationwide and DR switched to digital broadcasting.[5][6]


In January 2012, DR1 switched from 576i SD to 720p HD broadcasting.[7]


In April 2014, DR launched its HbbTV service on DR1, enabling on-demand streaming of DR content directly on an internet-connected television.[8]

Logos and identities

Original Programming on DR1


News and society


DR productions based on other formats

Children's entertainment

Other DR productions

Imported programming on DR1

As with most channels in Denmark, foreign TV programmes are shown in their original language but with Danish subtitles.


  1. ^ "DANMARKS RADIO 1925-". Danmarkshistorien. Aarhus Universitet. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b 40 år med farve-TV fra DR
  3. ^ "30 år på tekst-tv-tronen". DR. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Fra søndag vil DR sende 95 pct. i 16:9". tvnyt.com. 13 November 2006. Archived from the original on 30 September 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Video - Analogt sluk i Danmark okt. 2009". recordere.dk. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  6. ^ "THE DANISH DVB-T NETWORK". Digi-tv. Archived from the original on 27 October 2020. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  7. ^ "DR1 (HD) – Værd at vide". digitalt.tv. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Ikke alle tv-udbydere klar til DR HbbTV - se om din er". FlatpanelsDK. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2017.