Portuguese Digital Radio Bitrates

This page was last updated on July 27 2021

This is a list of Public Service and commercial radio stations in Portugal, comparing audio bitrates for online streams, DAB+, and satellite.
Please contact the site with any corrections or additions to this list.

EU Digital Bitrates


Joint Stereo – Audio mode in which two channels forming a stereo pair (left and right) are encoded within the one-bit stream and for which stereophonic irrelevance or redundancy is exploited for further bit reduction.
Mono LSF (Low Sampling Frequency) – Low bitrate encoding with halved sampling rate.
HE-AAC (High-Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding) – More efficient high-quality multichannel and stereo audio codec used with DAB+.

Audio codec: MPEG 1 Layer II
Better than FM quality requires 192-256 kbps
Similar to FM quality requires 160-192 kbps
Acceptable, worse than FM 128-160 kbps
(Based on stereo services)

Audio codec: aacPlus v2
Better than FM quality requires 56-96 kbps
Similar to FM quality requires 40-64 kbps
Acceptable, worse than FM 24-48 kbps
(Based on stereo services)


 

Public Service Digital Radio Bitrates

This list of digital radio bitrates is provided in good faith, 100% accuracy can not be guaranteed, as changes periodically occur on the various platforms used by Public Service Radio in .
Below are audio bitrate comparisons for the PSB digital radio station, DAB+, Terrstrial and satellite. 
Please email any corrections or additional information and have them included.

RTP Digital Radio Bitrates
Platform Online DAB+ Satellite 
  Station Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio
RTP
Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP), is the public service broadcasting organisation of Portugal.
RTP Antena 1 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A 256 kbps Stereo
RTP Antena 2 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A Hispasat Hispasat
RTP Antena 3 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A Hispasat Hispasat
RDP Internacional 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A 256 kbps Stereo
RDP Africa 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A Unknown Unknown
DAB+
Expansion of the DAB network awaits a decision by the Portuguese government. It is likely that future rollout will use DAB+.

 


 

Commercial Digital Radio Bitrates

This list of digital radio bitrates is provided in good faith, 100% accuracy can not be guaranteed, as changes periodically occur on the various platforms used.
Below are audio bitrate comparisons for commercial digital radio stations, Online streams, DAB+ and satellite.
Please email any corrections or additional information and have them included.

Commercial & National Digital Radio Bitrates
Platform Online DAB+ Satellite
Station Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio
Global Media Group
TSF 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A Hispasat Stereo
Grupo Media Capital
Cidade 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
M80 Radio 128 – 132 kbps aac Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rádio Comercial 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
Smooth FM 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
Vodaphone FM 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
Grupo Renascença
Mega Hits 64 kbps aac Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rádio Renascença 64 kbps aac Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
RFM 64 kbps aac Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lusocanal|Grupo Lusocanal / Música no Coração
Oxigénio 192 kbps aac Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rádio Radar 192 kbps aac Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
Other Stations
Radio Maria (Portugal) 64 kbps aac Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
DAB+
Expansion of the DAB network awaits a decision by the Portuguese government. It is likely that future rollout will use DAB+.
Stream Formats:
Windows Media requires Windows Media Player
MP3 requires a streaming MP3 player such as Winamp, iTunes, Foobar2000 or VLC Media player
Ogg Vorbis requires an Ogg Vorbis compatible player such as Winamp, Foobar2000 or VLC Media player
aacPlus requires an aacPlus player such as Winamp 5.08+, Foobar2000 or VLC Media player
Software
Foobar2000
iTunes
VLC Player
Winamp
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