|Defunct||April 30, 2012|
This article needs to be updated.(July 2014)
Astra Digital Radio (ADR) was a system used by SES for digital radio transmissions on the early Astra satellites, using the audio subcarrier frequencies of analogue television channels. It was introduced in 1995. As of February 2008, there were still 51 stations transmitting in this format. ADR ceased on 30 April 2012 when analogue broadcasts on Astra 19.2°E ended.
The format used one mono audio subcarrier, which was normally allocated to an additional audio track or radio station, or one channel of a stereo audio track/station. The carrier was digitally modulated and carried a 192 kbit/s, 48 kHz sampled MPEG-1 Layer II (MP2) encoded signal. 9.6 kbit/s was available for data.
Special receivers were required to listen to ADR stations, although some combined analogue/digital satellite boxes and later standard analogue boxes were equipped to decode it.
ADR was succeeded by DVB-S, with which it is incompatible, despite both being transmitted using MP2 and generally at the same bitrates. As a result, when the final analogue switch-off on the Astra 1 satellites occurred, ADR became obsolete.
The majority of the channels to have been broadcast using ADR were in the German language. In some ways,[which?] the system is seen[by whom?] to have replaced the Digitales Satellitenradio system, dating from the 1980s, which used an entire satellite transponder to carry 16 NICAM encoded radio stations, and which closed in 1999.
- Deutsche Welle
- Bayerischer Rundfunk
- Hessischer Rundfunk
- Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
- Norddeutscher Rundfunk
- SWR1 BW
- SWR1 RP
- SWR2 BW
- SWR2 RP
- SWR Cont.Ra
- SWR4 BW
- SWR4 RP
- Westdeutscher Rundfunk
- Radio BOB
- Radio Bremen
- Saarländischer Rundfunk
- Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
- Antenne Brandenburg
- radioBERLIN 88,8
- Swiss Broadcasting Corporation
- Patent DE4234015A1 explicitly mentions DSR as an example for NICAM audio
- Astra 19.2E frequency charts - ADR stations are marked in red as subcarriers on analogue services
- SES guide to channels broadcasting on Astra satellites
- Official Astra consumers/viewers' site
- SES - Official SES trade/industry site
- Astra Digital Radio on the early Astra satellites Archived 2019-06-01 at the Wayback Machine