|Broadcast area||Danish Realm|
|Picture format||16:9 720p (HDTV)|
|Launched||2 October 1951|
|Former names||Statsradiofonien 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.
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. 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.
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.
As is the practice with most channels in Denmark, foreign TV programmes are shown in their original language but with Danish subtitles.