This new way of transmitting radio signals, provides listeners with a better quality sound than the current analogue system (AM and FM wavebands). Coverage is improving all the time and digital will eventually replacesome of the national FM transmissions altogether. The government is looking to migrate to a full digital service by 2015 although this date is not a firm one.
If you are thinking of buying a new radio for the home you should be aware that some time in the future some of the programmews will not be available unless it is also a digital radio.
In order to receive digitally transmitted programmes, you need to buy new digital radio set. Many models are on the market, including:
Stand alone radios
Hi-fi tuner models
As digital radio offers broadcasters a more efficient way of using limited airwave space, watch out for more and more programmes becoming available.
Recent developments include the integration of ipod docking stations as well as internet radio – giving you access to thousands of radio stations around the world. The range and design of products is expanding all the time.
As well as sound, digital radio can also transmit data. This data may be related to radio programmes (e.g.: displaying the song title and artist) or to other relevant information such as travel updates.
To find out more about the latest developments in radio, visit your local independent retailer.