Pure Digital has announced that an Electronic Programme guide (EPG) is now available for download for its popular Bug Digital Radio – the first DAB radio to offers such a service.
By offering an EPG, digital radio users can now enjoy the same ease of programme selection that Digital TV users have enjoyed for sometime. The trial software upgrade can be installed on all current Bug radios and enables users to browse programmes for a single station or all programmes at a particular time, see a short description of each programme, and select them for scheduled listening or recording to SD memory card. The Bug DAB digital radio was the first to feature pause, rewind and record features and is widely available. The USB-enabled Bug radio can be upgraded with new functionality by the user, using software downloaded from the PURE website.
Says Kevin Dale, president of PURE Digital, "The EPG brings the functionality we now take for granted in digital television broadcasts to DAB digital radio and is set to permanently change the way listeners interact with their radios. PURE was the first with affordable DAB products, first with handheld DAB and first with recordable DAB. We're delighted to again allow PURE Bug radio owners to be first to enjoy the new EPG features."
Trial EPG broadcasts are currently ongoing in the UK, enabled by Unique Interactive and the BBC, and further services are expected to be launched later in the year. A full Bug EPG software release is expected in Q1/2005, after completion of the EPG trials.