FAQs: Digital Radio
How can I tell I'm buying a digital radio? All digital radios on sale in Australia will display the DAB+ logo – a white cross with a blue background. If you see this symbol on the product or box, you're buying a digital radio that’s suitable for Australian broadcasts.
Are there any hidden costs with moving to digital radio? No, you simply need to buy a DAB+ radio. There are no subscription fees to access digital radio. Just like AM or FM radio, digital radio is free to listen to as long as you have purchased a digital radio receiver.
Can I receive digital radio on my digital television? No, digital televisions use different signals and compression methods.
Does digital radio still have static or interference? No, a digital radio locks onto the strongest radio signal in the area and blocks all other signals. Because of this, digital radio is consistently clear and free of distortion.
Can I listen to digital radio in my car? Yes, there are digital radios on the market that can be plugged into your car's auxiliary audio port. No cars currently offer digital radio built-in but you should expect these to be available in the near future.
Can I receive FM radio on my digital radio unit? Digital radios also have integrated FM tuners for listening to conventional radio, so if your favourite radio station has yet to make the move to digital you can still listen to it.
Can I receive AM radio on my digital radio unit? There are only a few digital radios on the market – generally the larger 'tabletop' units – that include an AM radio reception. Most portable units do not have this capability.
Will FM and AM stations go off the air? No. AM and FM radio stations will continue to broadcast as normal and there is no cut-off date for switching to digital radio. So it’s up to you when you make the move to digital radio.
Does digital radio replace FM radio? Many stations from among FM radio's commercial broadcasters are being rebroadcast on digital radio. However, digital radio does not broadcast any community FM radio stations although the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia says there will be a staged commencement of community digital radio services across the 5 capital cities starting in July through to September 2010.
Does digital radio replace AM radio? Some stations from AM radio are being rebroadcast on digital radio. Digital radio reception is currently limited to metropolitan areas, and AM radio can currently be received in more places.