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4BC DIGITAL RADIO: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.


WHAT IS DIGITAL RADIO?

Digital Radio is the next generation of radio broadcasting. Digital radio receivers are able to receive and decode a digital program stream into a format that you can hear (and see, with program details on small screens), offering you a superior listening experience.


HOW DO I GET DIGITAL RADIO?

To listen to 4BC on Digital Radio you will need a digital radio receiver. These are also known as DAB+ receivers. DAB stands for Digital Audio Broadcasting and DAB+ is the digital radio technology standard for Australia. Standard AM / FM radios are not able to receive the digital signal.  These receivers are commonly available from leading electrical retailers like Harvey Norman, Retravision, WOW Sight & Sound, etc..


IS DIGITAL RADIO AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE?

4BC Digital Radio is available to the greater Brisbane metropolitan area. If you are unsure, go to www.digitalradioplus.com.au and type your postcode into the search function.


DO I HAVE TO SUBSCRIBE TO DIGITAL RADIO?

No, 4BC’s digital radio broadcast is free-to-air but you will need to purchase a DAB+ compliant digital radio receiver.  Don’t forget that you can also listen to 4BC via the internet at www.4bc.com.au


WHAT FEATURES DOES DIGITAL RADIO OFFER?

Digital Radio offers great sound and reception, more radio stations, easy tuning (by station name), pause and rewind options and on-screen information in text and graphics.


WILL I STILL GET STATIC, CRACKLING OR INTERFERENCE ON MY DIGITAL RADIO?

Digital radio offers interference-free, digital-quality sound. The digital radio receiver locks onto the strongest signal in your area to provide crystal clear reception.


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIGITAL RADIO AND INTERNET RADIO?

Digital radio is free and broadcast over the airwaves like AM & FM. Internet radio services are streamed via a one-to-one connection from your internet service provider. Depending on your telecommunications network and service plan, they will incur a download cost. Free-to-air broadcast radio stations also generally stream their services—including new digital radio services—so you can listen online or on-air via digital.


IF I DON'T HAVE A DIGITAL RECEIVER WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO MY RADIO?

Yes. 4BC will continue to broadcast as usual at 1116 on the ‘AM’ band.


CAN I RECEIVE DIGITAL RADIO THROUGH MY DIGITAL TV SET TOP BOX?

No. Digital TVs or set-top boxes only receive the digital TV signals not the digital radio signals. To receive digital radio, you need a digital radio (DAB+) receiver.


HOW DO I RECEIVE DIGITAL RADIO IN MY CAR?

After-market in-car kits are available for digital radio reception. These kits can be mounted just like a GPS and can plug into your existing car radio or sound system. At this stage, digital radio is not available as a "factory option" but the radio and car industries are working towards it.


I'VE HEARD THAT ANALOGUE TELEVISION IS BEING SWITCHED OFF, IS THAT GOING TO HAPPEN TO ANALOGUE RADIO?

No, there is not a switch-off date planned for AM radio so you can continue to listen to the existing 4BC 1116 AM service as usual.


HOW MUCH DOES A DIGITAL RADIO COST?

There are a wide range of digital radios available for purchase and, like most technology products, the price will depend on the features available. Prices will start from around $150 for an entry-level receiver and will graduate according to the capabilities of the receiver.


WHERE CAN I PURCHASE A DIGITAL RADIO?

Digital radios are available for sale in leading electronic retailers like Harvey Norman, Retravision, WOW Sight & Sound etc..


WILL I BE ABLE TO TELL IF IT'S A DIGITAL RADIO JUST BY LOOKING AT IT?

DAB+ is the Australian standard so when purchasing a digital radio look for the DAB+ enabled logo as shown at right.