Help Needed


New Member
Very new to this game and am having trouble understanding how much Bitrate actually costs.
Can anyone tell me how much I would have to pay for streaming 500 listeners ( a talk show) for two hours each week on 56 or 128 ?
Any help would be much appreciated ! !


Level 1 Support
Staff member
HI Millwall, Thanks for your question.

To have the capacity of 500 listeners at a bitrate of 128 or 64 kbps will not cost any extra but the actualy bandwidth used depends on how many listeners you have connected. Its unlikely you will have the full 500 listeners for the full 2 hours so working it out based on this will not be an accurate cost.

Streaming voice (talk) at 64 kbps or 128 kbps is probably too higher bitrate to use and mainly for music so you could even have 32 kbps as your bitrate which would save you even more money without much loss in quality.

So as an example i will use 128 kbps for 1 hour with 100 listeners as a base calculation :

Bandwidth Calculation Results :

128 kbps with 100 listeners for 1 Hour (3600 seconds).

5.49 GB
5625.00 MB

Price : £2.75

This price will is based on buying 10 GB of bandwidth for £5 so if you were to buy more bandwidth you would recieve up to a 33% discount (when 120 GB (£40) is purchased).

You can also obiously multiple this by 2,3,4 or 5 for 200,300,400,500 listeners. Or divide it by 2 to make it 64 kbps instead of 128 kbps.

We have a bandwidth calculator here if you would like to do you own calculations :

Internet Radio Bandwidth Calculator

Also bear in mind this is an estimate as the listeners connected is very likely to fluctuate during your show.

Hope this helps ?


New Member
I didn t really explain too clearly in my last post but we ve already done this show on a radio station so already have a fan base which is in excess of 500 listeners so we fully expect that the 500 will be listening during the 2 hour slot. So........what bandwidth will we need and what then would be the cost at 32kbs ?


Level 1 Support
Staff member
Hi Millwall

Sure. We just used the bandwidth calculator to work it out :

Bandwidth Calculation Results :

32 kbps with 500 listeners for 1 Hour (3600 seconds).

6.87 GB
7031.25 MB
Price : £3.44

So x2 (for 2 hours) would be £6.88


New Member

Hi @ 32kb

32 kbps with 1000 listeners for 1 Hour (3600 seconds).

13.73 GB
14062.50 MB

Price : £6.87 x 2 (2hr) = (£13.74) Based on 2hr with a 1000 listerners

Half it for 500 listerners you are back to £ 6.87

Now even I am confused lol:( Buy in bulk for a 33% discount it's not like you loose it if you dont need it - it rolls round continually until it gets to zero and then top up -simple