We recommend 192 kbps stereo or 128 kbps stereo MP3 streams for delivery to TV’s, in an IceCast or SHOUTcast format.
We are often asked if we can support higher audio bitrates, e.g. 256 kbps or 320 kbps. Whilst we theoretically can, we have noted that some lower-cost set-top boxes with limited memory and processing power do struggle to decode higher bitrate streams.
Therefore, our recommendation of 192 kbps or 128 kbps ensures compatibility with all supported devices, irrespective of cost or capability.
We continually monitor the market, and should there come a point where the proliferation of lower capability devices, (or proliferation of higher capability devices), reaches a point where we can alter our recommendation, we will do so and advise radio stations accordingly.
But for now, please stick with our recommendation to ensure the highest level of consumer reach.