DR2

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This article is about the Danish television station. For the second radio channel of DR, see DR P2. For the video game, see Danganronpa_2:_Goodbye_Despair. For the debug register, see DR2 register. For the highway, see DR-2.
DR2
DR2 logo used since 2013
Launched August 30, 1996
Network DR
Audience share 4.1% (2008, [1])
Headquarters DR Byen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Sister channel(s) DR1
DR3
DR K
DR Ramasjang
DR Ultra
Website DR2
Availability
Terrestrial
DTT Channel 3
Satellite
Canal Digital Channel 2
Viasat Channel 14
Cable
YouSee Channel 2
Waoo Channel 6
IPTV
TDC TV Channel 2
Streaming media
Old logo used from 2009 until 2013.

DR2 is a Danish television station. It is part of Danmarks Radio, the public service broadcasting company of Denmark.

It was launched in 1996 as a satellite-/cable-only channel. This was highly controversial at the time, as it was considered close to a breach of public service principles that the new station did not reach all viewers. Adding to the critics' cause was the fact that DR did in fact have broadband spectrum available for terrestrial broadcasts. However, this was being reserved for digital broadcasting tests. The less-than-100%-coverage coupled with a "highbrow" reputation resulted in low ratings which in turn earned it the nickname "the secret channel" to the regret of the director general who had been pushing the line "my channel" (in the sense of programmes appealing to individuals, not the whole family as DR1 supposedly). This was finally remedied on March 31, 2006 when terrestrial digital broadcasts started.

It most resembles the British BBC Four in that its main output is experimental comedy, documentaries and in-depth news programmes. It has earned much praise for high quality shows, especially in the first category, with series like Casper & Mandrilaftalen and Drengene fra Angora. Den 11. time was a talk show on the channel. It also broadcasts many British productions, e.g. crime dramas such as Prime Suspect.

Other programmes broadcast from the channel are The Power of Nightmares (as Frygtens politik) and The Great Global Warming Swindle (as Den store løgn om global opvarmning, 12 July 2007).

Every Saturday DR2 broadcasts the Greenlandic language News bulletin Nyheder fra Grønland produced by KNR[2]

After the introduction of digital television (and closing down of all analogue channels with exception of cable-TV) in Denmark, on November 1, 2009, the channel is broadcast free via the DVB-T standard and MPEG4 code. It now reaches the whole country and also the nearby east side of Øresund sea to southernmost Sweden. (Swedish channels reaches the Copenhagen metropolitan area as well)

In 2013, the channel was rebranded and converted to a 24-hour channel with the inclusion of hourly news and current affairs programming. DR Update previously aired some of the programming before the channel was closed to make room for DR Ultra. DR2, unlike DR Update will however not interrupt any programmes for breaking news.

Program examples[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TNS Gallup TV-Meter
  2. ^ DR2

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