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Digital radio (DAB) on the digital terrestrial platform started in October 2002 with the launch of the BBCs digital only radio services. These were BBC 1Xtra, BBC Five Live Sports Extra, BBC 6 Music, BBC 7 and the BBC Asian Network as well as existing stations BBC Radio Five Live and the BBC World Service.
On the same day, EMAP launched three radio stations, Smash Hits, Kerrang! and Kiss. Two other commercial radio stations also launched, oneword and 102.2 Jazz FM.
The BBC later launched BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio 4 FM during February 2003. Currently, the digital terrestrial platform has twenty seven radio stations broadcasting from broadcasters including the BBC, EMAP, GMG Radio and Virgin Radio.
Radio stations broadcasting via Satellite to the UK usually use the SES Astra 2 series of satellites at 28.2°E or the Eutelsat Eurobird 1 satellite at 28.5°E. Radio stations broadcast free-to-air via Sky Digital, Freesat from Sky, the planned Freesat platforms and any DVB-S compliant set-top box.
A number of digital radio stations also broadcast through digital cable platforms, including Virgin Media.
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