DR1 logo 2020.svg
Broadcast areaDanish Realm
HeadquartersDR Byen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Picture format16:9 720p (HDTV)
Sister channelsDR2
DR Ramasjang
DR Ultra
Launched2 October 1951; 70 years ago (1951-10-02)[1]
Former namesStatsradiofonien TV (1951–1959),
Danmarks Radio TV (1959–1964),
DR TV (1964–1996)

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 own 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 exactly 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 future plans for a complete switch from a 4:3 screen ratio to 16:9 widescreen broadcasts. The switch took place 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 is the practice 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. 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. 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.

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