Denmark

This page is intended for non-Danish speakers living in Denmark and for an international audience. Corrections and updates are gratefully received and will be included on this page.
All information is based on reception in Copenhagen and the Capital Region (Region Hovedstaden), services may vary in other areas of the country.

DR (Danmarks Radio), officially Danish Broadcasting Corporation in English, is a Danish government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company. Founded in 1925 as a public-service organisation, it is Denmark’s oldest and largest electronic media enterprise. DR is a founding member of the European Broadcasting Union.

DR is funded by a media license which is charged to all Danish households with television sets, computers, smartphones and other devices with internet access.

Today, DR operates six television channels, all of which are distributed free-to-air via a nationwide DVB-T/MPEG4 network. DR also operates eight radio channels. All are available nationally on DAB+ radio and online, with the four original stations also available on FM radio.

Television Channels

  • DR1 (24h, 16:9 720p HD), the main channel with the flagship evening news, sport and weather programmes. Home of DR’s own high-profile drama productions. TV series, movies, and documentaries.
  • DR2 (24h, 16:9 720p HD), breaking news, documentaries, debate, comedy and films.
  • DR3 (24h,16:9 720p HD), innovative programming to a target audience of viewers between 15 and 39 years old.
  • DR K (24h, 16:9 720p HD), the channel airs films from around the world, combining its offerings with historical or cultural documentaries, as well as opera, theatre and musicals.
  • DR Ramasjang (until 8 pm, 16:9 576i SD), for children aged 3-6 years.
  • DR Ultra (until 9 pm, 16:9 576i SD), for children aged 7-12 years.

Radio Stations

DR Radio is broadcast on FM (not all stations), DAB+, satellite (not all stations) and online.

  • DR P1 – “Thought-provoking radio”: factual programming, reports, discussion and debate on public affairs, society and the community, plus in-depth news.
  • DR P2 – “Music and cultural radio”: classical music, opera, jazz, radio drama, and coverage of other artistic performances and events.
  • DR P3 – Hit radio, with popular entertainment shows and hourly three-minute news bulletins. P3 also covers major sporting events.
  • DR P4 – DR’s most popular radio channel: a “modern public service station” broadcast in 10 regional versions, mixing popular music with national and local news. P4 also provides a Traffic Message Channel for delivering traffic and travel information.
  • DR P5 – Focuses on older music from the 1950s and 1960s mixed in with some newer music.
  • DR P6 Beat – In-depth focus on underground and popular music scene.
  • DR P7 Mix – Popular hits along with extended marathons related to particular themes.
  • DR P8 Jazz – Jazz.
  • DR Langbølge (Longwave) – The 243 kHz longwave radio is used to cover nearby seas with news and weather broadcasts. The transmissions are only 4 times daily at 05:45, 08:45, 11:45 and 17:45 local time.

Digital Terrestrial (DTT)

Denmark
All of Denmark is covered by digital terrestrial reception through a nationwide DVB-T/T2 and MPEG-4 network comprising six multiplexes (MUX). DR owns MUXes 1 and 2 in a joint-venture between DR and TV 2. MUXes 1 and 2 broadcast all six DR channels unencrypted.
Given the low topography of the Danish mainland and islands, so-called signal overspill is inevitable if every part of the country is to receive coverage. Hence, all DRs’ channels are available in northernmost Germany, and Scania (Skåne) the southernmost part of Sweden.

Greenland
Every urban area in Greenland can receive DR1, DR2 and DR Ultra free-to-air via a public DVB-T network.

Faroe Islands
The company, Televarpið, a subsidiary of Faroese Telecom covers the Faroe Islands with a DVB-T network broadcasting DR1, DR2, DR3, DR Ramasjang and DR Ultra.


 

DR TV

DR TV is an internet streaming catch-up television service for people in Denmark, by Danish Broadcaster DR.
The service is free to use and contains no advertising. DR TV is available on a wide range of devices, including mobile phones and tablets, personal computers, and smart televisions (HbbTV).
DR TV is available as a HbbTV service on all DR digital TV channels on terrestrial broadcasts, the service is available via cable and fiber companies,  through check with your provider as not all offer the service at present.

Website: www.dr.dk/tv/

Programmes

Imported programmes are usually available on DR TV for eight days after being broadcast on television. DR’s own productions are available for 30 days (however, Ramasjang 90 days). DR’s drama series can be seen for 30 days after the last episode has been broadcast on TV.

Video Quality

It is possible to view DR TV in a number of bitrates:

  • Live TV is streamed at  1,828 kbit/s (720p), 1,228 kbit/s (576p), 928 kbit/s (432p) and 364 kbit/s.
    Screen resolutions available 720p, 480p, 360p and 270p
  • On demand is streamed at 2,280 kbit/s, 1,126 kbit/s and 563 kbit/s.
    Screen resolutions available 720p, 480p and 360p
  • On PC and Mac, DR TV is set to automatically search for the best quality that an internet connection and computer allows, though you can choose the desired quality yourself on the player.
  • The best possible video quality is automatically selected on iOS and PlayStation 3 & 4.
  • On Windows and Android, you can choose the desired video quality.
  • On smart TV (HbbTV) you can deselect HQ quality (2,300 kbit/s) and instead receive a lower bitrate quality (1,100 kbit/s) by pressing the HQ button on the player (while watching a broadcast).

DR TV uses Adobe Flash to play the video on PC and Mac. If you have downloaded the DR TV app on a smartphone or tablet, the video is played through the app’s built-in video player. On a smart TV DRTV is played via HbbTV, which resembles HTML5.

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