What is digital radio?
If you love radio...you'll love the benefits of digital listening:
- Your favourite stations plus even more choice with extra digital-only stations from BBC radio
- Exclusive coverage, more in-depth interviews and discussions only from 5live sports extra
- Better reception with no hiss, crackle, fading or station overlap that you get with AM or even FM radio
- Easy and quick tuning with no need to ever remember frequencies again
- More programme information about what you’re listening to
And don’t forget digital radio is available on a DAB digital radio, digital television, through a connected speaker, tablet and laptop.
If you want to listen on your smartphone, just download the BBC iPlayerRadio app
All BBC radio services are available via a DAB digital radio and/or adaptor in your car.
What can I listen to on Digital Radio?
The BBC broadcasts up to 11 stations on digital radio to over 97% of the population. BBC local radio services are also available on your digital radio. To check the coverage in your area please visit the postcode checker.
How do I get digital radio?
You can listen to digital radio in a number of ways:
On a digital radio set, as with traditional sets, there are many kinds to choose from – portable, hand-held, hi-fi tuners, car radios, etc. Please check that you can receive digital radio in your area by entering your postcode into this link. The BBC national radio stations are available to 97% of the UK population.
- Digital TV: all digital TV platforms (digital terrestrial, satellite, cable, broadband)
- Online: with speakers or headphones plugged into your computer, laptop or tablet http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio
- Mobile: listen to all the BBC stations with the BBC iPlayer Radio app.
- On the Move: There are also a range of digital radios for your car. Some manufacturers offer a digital radio as standard and others may offer it is an option. You can also purchase a small adaptor which can be fitted to your dashboard and connects to your existing radio. Some radios will require professional installation. Always check with your car dealer/retailer, or visit http://www.getdigitalradio.com/ for more information.
What is DAB and can I receive it?
This stands for Digital Audio Broadcasting (the name of the system). To listen, you need a DAB digital radio - you can't receive digital only stations on a traditional FM/AM radio. The BBC’s national digital radio services now reach 97% of the UK population and covers 85% of the major motorways and roads. BC Local radio coverage will be rolled out to 90% of the population by the end of 2016.
Help and information about installation and reception problems affecting Digital Radio
Information about BBC nations radio
Information about BBC local radio
A number of things can interfere with your Radio reception while on the move.
A Multiplex is simply a bundle of digital services – TV or radio or both, that have been digitized, compressed and combined together for transmission.