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The variety of radio offers from space leaves little to be desired.

Status: 01/28/2021

The radio diversity of the ARD

The so-called digital ARD radio transponder has been on the air since 2005. Via ASTRA 1 M, 19 degrees east, our radio programs and a total of around 60 radio programs from the ARD state broadcasting corporations are broadcast across Europe on the satellite channel, transponder 93, as DVB-S radio.

Those who want to listen to the BR can choose from nine top quality radio programs from Bavarian Broadcasting via satellite. Including not only the five well-known and popular BR waves, but also our digital programs BR Schlager, B5 plus, PULS and the folk and brass band BR Heimat.

Receive data BR on DVB-S radio / ARD radio transponder

ASTRA 1 M, 19.2 degrees East, transponder 93, downlink frequency: 12.266 GHz,
horizontal polarization, symbol rate 27.5 MS / sec, FEC: 3/4

programTransponderData rate in
kbit / sec
Bavaria 1 *93320101 stereo
Bavaria 2 *93320111 stereo
BAYERN 393320121 stereo

with surround sound

131 stereo

132 DD **
B5 currently93320141 stereo
B5 plus93128181 mono
BR Schlager93320151 stereo
PULSE93320161 stereo
BR home93320171 stereo

* currently only with the regional program Upper Bavaria (with 5-way splitting) or South (with 2-way splitting)

** If there is no program in Dolby Digital (DD) 5.1 or 5.0, the program will be broadcast in Dolby Digital 2.0.

Under a different name?

If a BR program is missing from the program list, a search on the receiver or television usually helps to bring the radio list up to date.

If a program is now called differently or takes the place of another, the current program can also be hidden behind another name on older devices: For example, BR Schlager behind Bayern plus, BR Heimat behind BR Verkehr and Puls behind on3radio. Then the receiver has not updated the name. Sometimes this can only be rectified if you delete the "wrong" program from the radio list and start a new search.

Visual Radio - a new additional offer

Additional information accompanying the radio programs is transmitted: The radio EPG includes the program title, duration, program content and a seven-day program preview. The information can be displayed with the navigator in the digital receiver.

And radio is also impressive: With a smart TV that is connected to the Internet, there are relevant topics for BR programs - from a view of the studio to the latest headlines and traffic information to panoramic images.

More surround sound for special musical enjoyment

If you already appreciate the all-round sound ("surround sound") over five loudspeakers plus subwoofer on DVDs and on television and have a Dolby Digital system, our classic wave offers more than the two usual stereo sound channels: selected programs are regularly broadcast on BR-KLASSIK transmitted with surround sound and an increased data rate of 448 kbit / sec.

Structure of a satellite system (excerpt)

A satellite dish with a digitally compatible universal LNB and a digital DVB-S receiver are required to receive the radio programs. In order to reproduce the full sound quality, the receiver should be connected to a hi-fi system. If you want to enjoy surround sound, you also need a 5.1 system (Dolby Digital amplifier and a 5.1 speaker set).

Most digital receivers are optimized for TV reception. Menu-guided operation is therefore usually only possible for radio programs via the television set. A digital receiver is often already integrated in new flat screens. When buying a new one, make sure that it is the right type for your personal reception type (for satellite reception: DVB-S2 receiver).