Launched 2 October 1951 (1951-10-02)[1]
Owned by DR
Picture format 16:9 720p (HDTV)
Audience share 24.7% (2016, [2][3])
Slogan Vi mødes på DR1! (Let's meet on DR1)
Country Denmark
Language Danish
Broadcast area Kingdom of Denmark
Headquarters DR Byen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Formerly called Statsradiofonien TV (1951-1959),
Danmarks Radio TV (1959-1964),
DR TV (1964-1994),
DR TV1 (1994-1996)
Sister channel(s) DR2
DR Ramasjang
DR Ultra
Website dr.dk/dr1
DTT Channel 1
Canal Digital Channel 1
Viasat Channel 1
YouSee Channel 1
Stofa Channel 1
Waoo Channel 1
Streaming media
DR TV Watch live
YouSee Watch live
Zattoo Watch live

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

  • 1951–1966: 10 hours a week (5 programs)
  • 1966–1982: 14 hours a day (35 programs a week)
  • 1982–1995: 18 hours a day (50 programs a week)
  • 1995–2000: 21 hours a day (60 programs a week)
  • 2000-today: 24 hours a day

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.[4] 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.[4]


On exactly 16 May 1983 at 14:00 CEST, DR launched its first teletext information service, which is still available on all DR channels.[5]

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.[6]

Digital TV

At midnight on November 1, 2009 the analogue broadcasts shut down nationwide and DR switched to digital broadcasting.[7][8]


In January 2012, DR1 switched from 576i SD to 720p HD broadcasting.[9]


In April 2014, DR launched its HbbTV service on DR1, enabling on-demand streaming of DR content directly on an internet-connected television.[10]

Original Programming on DR1


News and society

  • TV Avisen
  • Magasinet Penge
  • Horisont
  • Bag om Borgen
  • Aftenshowet
  • Kontant
  • Rabatten


DR productions based on other formats

Children's entertainment

  • Disney Sjov (Disney Cartoons)
  • Barda
  • Morgenhår
  • Isas Stepz
  • Min Funky Familie
  • MGP
  • MGP Nordic (together with SVT, NRK and YLE)

Other DR productions

  • DR Kirken
  • Før Søndagen
  • Sporløs

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. TNS Gallup TV-Meter
  3. "Seertal 1. halvår". tvnyt.com. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  4. 1 2 40 år med farve-tv fra DR
  5. "30 år på tekst-tv-tronen". DR. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  6. "Fra søndag vil DR sende 95 pct. i 16:9". tvnyt.com. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  7. "Video - Analogt sluk i Danmark okt. 2009". recordere.dk. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  8. "THE DANISH DVB-T NETWORK". Digi-tv. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  9. "DR1 (HD) – Værd at vide". digitalt.tv. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  10. "Ikke alle tv-udbydere klar til DR HbbTV - se om din er". FlatpanelsDK. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
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