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To help you decide which free radio service you want to use to watch your favourite radio stations consult the lists below, or click on Detailed comparison to compare two free digital services with each other.

Which radio stations are on all free digital services?


Absolute Radio, BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 (FM), BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio Cymru wales flag, BBC Radio Foyle northernireland flag, BBC Radio nan Gaidheal scotland flag, BBC Radio Ulster northernireland flag, BBC Radio Wales wales flag, BBC World Service, Capital, Classic FM, Heart, LBC, Smooth Radio, talkSPORT

Which radio stations are on most services?

Full Freeview, Sky (no card), Watch online, National DAB radio



Which radio stations are on three services?

Channels on Sky (no card), Watch online, National DAB radio


Absolute Radio 90s, Absolute Radio Classic Rock, LBC News

Channels on Full Freeview, Watch online, National DAB radio


Greatest Hits Radio, KISSTORY

Channels on Full Freeview, Sky (no card), Watch online


Hits Radio

Channels on Full Freeview, Sky (no card), National DAB radio



Which radio stations are on two services?

Channels on both Watch online and National DAB radio


Absolute 70s

Channels on both Full Freeview and National DAB radio


BBC Berkshire england flag, BBC Devon england flag, BBC Kent england flag, BBC Leeds england flag, BBC Manchester england flag, BBC Newcastle england flag, BBC Norfolk england flag, BBC Nottingham england flag, BBC Solent england flag, BBC Solent for Dorset england flag, BBC WM england flag, Kerrang!, Premier Radio

Channels on both Sky (no card) and National DAB radio


Heart Dance

Channels on both Full Freeview and Watch online



Channels on both Freesat and Sky (no card)


RTÉ 2FM, RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta

Which radio stations are on just one service?

Channels just on National DAB radio


Amazing Radio, Chill, Punjabi Radio, UCB Bible, UCB Gospel, UCB Inspirational

Channels just on Full Freeview


BBC Bristol england flag, BBC C&W england flag, BBC Cambridge england flag, BBC Cornwall england flag, BBC Cumbria england flag, BBC Derby england flag, BBC Essex england flag, BBC Gloucestershire england flag, BBC H&W england flag, BBC Humberside england flag, BBC Lancashire england flag, BBC Leicester england flag, BBC Lincolnshire england flag, BBC Merseyside england flag, BBC Northampton england flag, BBC Oxford england flag, BBC Sheffield england flag, BBC Shropshire england flag, BBC Somerset england flag, BBC Stoke england flag, BBC Suffolk england flag, BBC Surrey england flag, BBC Sussex england flag, BBC Tees england flag, BBC Three Counties england flag, BBC Wiltshire england flag, BBC York england flag, RNIB Connect, RTÉ RnaG northernireland flag, Trans World Radio

Channels just on Sky (no card)


EWTN Radio Britain and Ireland, Jazz FM, Panjab Radio, Radio Khush Khabri, Scala Radio, Sukh Sagar Radio, WRN English

Channels just on Watch online


Q, Sky News Radio, Smash Hits!, StarBeats Radio

Thursday, 1 November 2012
7:15 PM

Can you tell me why I have lost the DAB
reception of LBC radio,not just on one radio but three in the postcode area of DN5 7EX,afer having no problems before.Also if i need to boost reception what can I do?

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Thursday, 17 December 2015
Virginia Ford
6:01 PM

Is there a reason why I have lost the DAB reception on my didital radio for BBC Radio Sussex from 16th Dec.. I have not had any problems before that. Postcode BN41 2YJ.

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Virginia Ford's 1 post GB flag
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8:32 PM

Virginia Ford: Hi, we also found we had lost BBC Radio Sussex this morning.
I did a web search and found that the transmission frequency has.changed.
I did a re-tune both automatic and manual, but found I was getting absolutely no signal from the new multiplex, 10B.
Suggest you do a re-tune, hope you have better luck than me!

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Terry Avey
8:35 PM

Virginia Ford: Hi Virginia,i have also lost all DAB sussex stations they have messed up the frequencies on these DAB. BBCsussex can now only be received on FM anologue as the Whitehawk transmitter has insufficient power for DAB,its will also affect freeview over Christmas in the Brighton and Hove areas.I was assured when i phoned BBC Sussex ,that the problem would be resolved,but they have made no effort to try and solve this and looking at the updates on the Whitehawk transmitter website they say there are no problems,perhaps they dont listen to radio, instead of getting on with solving the problem or maybe the tecnology is too clever for them to understand how these transmitters work.If they ever decide to switch off anologue we wont be able to hear any radio yhe old saying goes if its not broke dont mend it.Im missing my beloved Smooth Sussex station ,instead of shifting the frequncies change all these to FM VHF long live anologue from an avid radio fan.

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Sunday, 12 June 2016
Richard Cooper

3:19 PM

Terry Avey: Hi,Terry.If you and Virginia Ford are both trying to listen to the Sussex local DAB stations, known as the Sussex Coast local multiplex, we wonder if you have realised that this group of stations changed frequency from channel 11B to channel 10B. This should NOT mean that your DAB radios are unable to receive them, but simply that you should have carried out a retune when the changes took place. The frequency of channel 10B is 211.648 megaHertz, however, you don't have to know that unless you wanted to do a manual tune. An automatic scan - preferably a FULL SCAN should be carried out. This should result in your being able to pick up ALL stations available in the Sussex coast area which will include BBC National, Digital One, Sound Digital AND the Sussex Coast stations. What's more, Brighton is one of the cities that has a small-scale DAB trial taking place over the next 9 months and this gives you a FURTHER TEN STATIONS, and these are on Channel 9A (202.928 MHz). As I have already said above, a full rescan will give you all available channels regardless of which channels they are actually on, as long as you make sure it's a full scan, sometimes called a pan-Europe or 'whole of Band III' scan. A full scan is the opposite of a quick scan! Don't do a quick scan!!! It's not a case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it', because the frequency changes were necessary to accommodate more choice of stations on DAB radio. Hope this helps, Richard, Norwich, Sunday 12th. June at 3:15 p.m.

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Sunday, 28 March 2021
Philip Thompson
1:05 PM

Hallo. Are there any plans to install an SDL multiplex on the Huntshaw Cross Mast in North Devon. When SDL started Planet Rock moved from D1 to SDL and we cannot get it anymore. We have the other multiplexes so why have they missed us out?

Regards, Phil Thompson

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1:21 PM

Philip Thompson: SDL expanded it's coverage a couple of years ago, but no further expansion has been announced since then. As well as providing capacity for more stations to launch, part of the business model of SDL is that it broadcasts from far fewer transmitters (mainly those which cover large towns or cities, plus surrounding areas) whilst still reaching over 75% of the UK population, but at a much lower cost to broadcasters than the D1 National mux (which is broadcast from I believe over 200 transmitters).

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