About Digital Radio
Join us to celebrate 3 years of digital radio!
SBS and the whole radio industry are celebrating three years of Digital Radio!
Radio presenters from over 50 stations will broadcast live and simultaneously in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide on Friday, 24 August to celebrate three years of digital radio on air, and more than one million listeners.
Come along and check out SBS’s brand new digital stations SBS PopDesi and SBS PopAraby, as well as the most popular digital station in Australia, SBS PopAsia!
Join us at Federation Square in Melbourne and First Fleet Park in Circular Quay, Sydney on Friday August 24th from 6 to 9am.
Get your picture taken at our fun photo booth, enter the draw to win a digital radio; and experience the fantastic new music being played 24/7 on SBS PopAsia, SBS PopAraby, and SBS PopDesi!
Plus, there will be a special k-pop treat for all Sydney SBS PopAsia fans. K-Pop group NU'EST will be joining Jamaica dela Cruz and SBS PopAgent JK in First Fleet Park to sign autographs and be snapped in the photobooth. MegaMatt and Princess Ania will be entertaining the crowds in Federation Square, Melbourne.
You can also meet presenters from some of SBS’s 68 different language programs, which are also broadcast on digital radio and online. And to celebrate the fact that digital radio is now available in selected Toyota vehicles, Toyota will be giving away a car to one lucky winner in each state!
So come along, 6am-9am, Friday August 24 at Federation Square in Melbourne or First Fleet Park in Sydney.
Check out our new digital radio music services:
SBS Your Language app
Listeners can also tune into all our language and new music digital radio services via the SBS Your Language app - available for iPhone and Android users. Find out more about the app
View Digital Schedule
There's a new way to listen to your favourite SBS Radio content.
Make your selections below to set your schedule. Click the 'plus' button to add multiple programs.
What's new on SBS Digital Radio?
As well as SBS Radio's new digital radio music services, listeners in Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane are now able to hear all of SBS Radio's programs, so that means you have double the number of programs you can listen to, every week!
SBS Digital Radio has 14 new language services, including:
Listening to Digital Radio
To enjoy the benefits of digital radio you will need to purchase a DAB+ digital receiver.
Digital Radios come in all shapes and sizes and have an array of functions. Some are DAB+ only and some have FM included, some work on batteries and others are electric only.
Others offer special features like Pause, Rewind and Record; and others come with CD player, MP3 and/or ipod dock included. DAB+ digital receivers are available now.
Click here to find your local digital radio stockist.
Digital Radio Coverage
Listeners in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane should all be able to receive digital radio. To find out if you can listen to digital radio in your area, click here .
Re-tuning your digital radio for new stations
As new digital radio stations switch on, receivers should be re-tuned. Re-tune your radio regularly so that you don't miss any new Stations! Simply follow the prompts on your receiver menu, or click here for a summary guide which may assist you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Australian commercial digital radio services were officially switched-on progressively throughout May, 2009 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
Listeners in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane should all be able to receive digital radio. To find out if your suburb is covered, click here.
No. Listeners simply have to buy a receiver to listen to digital radio with products priced from $150 and above. There are no other costs - just tune in.
Digital radio will provide some new stations. Digital radio also means you can listen to your existing favourite radio stations but with digital sound quality. There are many advantages to digital radio – it can provide better reception, more information on discussion topics, news items, sports and racing via text, graphics, pictures and animation. Features like pause and rewind will be available on some digital receivers and you can tune in by station name, not frequency, making it easy to find your favourite stations.
Major retailers stock a range of digital radios; these include Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, The Good Guys, Myer, David Jones, Clive Peeters, Big W, Target, Retravision and specialist retailers.
Digital radio prices will vary depending on the features and capabilities. Entry-level receivers (with scrolling text) start from around $150 and receivers with all capabilities start at around $299.
Pure, Roberts, Sangean, Bush, Revo, Grundig, Teac, Yamaha and iRiver are just some of the manufacturers making DAB+ digital radios. Other manufacturers will be introducing more products throughout 2009/10.
There are no plans at this stage to switch off AM and FM radio services. As there is an estimated five radio devices per home, listeners must be given time to change over all of their radio devices before any discussion of switch off of analogue services. In addition, planning needs to commence for the switch on of digital services to the rest of Australia outside of the five launch cities.
Digital radio will provide interference free, digital quality sound and your radio will automatically find the best signal in your area.
Digital radios will come in a range of different models. To ensure your radio receives digital radio services in Australia it must be DAB+ enabled. Some DAB+ radios will also receive FM. However you’ll be able to hear your favourite AM and FM stations simulcast on DAB+. Look for the logo on the product pack or in store.
When will I be able to receive digital radio in areas outside Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth?
Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) has already started planning the digital radio rollout in other areas throughout Australia. A regional trial of digital radio will commence in late 2009 and CRA is calling on the Federal Government to allocate VHF Band III spectrum in regional areas for the rollout of digital radio services across Australia.
No, digital radio is broadcast free to air over the airwaves via DAB+ technology. Internet-only radio services are streamed over the telecommunications networks and incur a download cost, which varies depending on the internet service provider package. Free-to-air broadcast radio stations will also stream their current radio programs plus any new digital services on the internet as well as broadcasting, so the content can be accessed on both platforms.
An advertising campaign promoting the switch on of digital radio services to listeners has commenced on all commercial radio stations and on SBS Radio in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. The first phase of the $10 million dollar on-air campaign raises listeners’ awareness that radio is going digital. It also promotes the website: digitalradioplus.com.au which contains extensive information about digital radio for consumers. Phase two of the ad campaign outlines the new capabilities and benefits of digital radio and is designed to generate heightened listener interest, and phase three will encourage listeners to actively engage with digital radio and seek out retail outlets for digital radio receivers as the switch on takes place.
Yes, you can.
SBS Radio channels, 1, 2 and 3 are now available to listen via your digital TV or digital TV set top box, in time for our new schedule starting April 29.
If you don’t already see SBS Radio 1, 2 and 3 on your TV menu, you may need to retune your TV to add them.
Using your remote control, access the correct menu, usually called the set-up, installation or channel menus and select the re-tune or re-place function.
SBS 3 channel should appear – but you may need to hit the RADIO button to listen.
Many international and Australian car manufactures are now offering digital radios as standard, or as an option in new vehicles. There are also options such as a specific in-car adaptor, the ability to link your portable DAB+ receiver via Bluetooth in your car or through GPS car navigation systems.
Only DAB+ radios will receive digital radio in Australia. When buying a new digital radio look for the DAB+ enabled logo.