I saw a thread on here, which I cannot now locate about the ideal MPEG2 bitrate for maximum player compatibility. I seem to remember that 6000 was suggested. Please advise. Also, what was the reason, something about higher rates burning deeper into the disc? It was interesting, but I can't remember. Thanks!
from my personal experience (and i've duplicated a few thousand discs)
If you burn discs, forget the specs. Do not do a hefty VBR unless you need a very long show. If you do VBR, set the max to 8000, not higher. For short shows VBR does not do anyting, you might as well max all video since you got space. Do not exceed 7800 total bitrate (including audio.
For laptop compatibility it's even worse. Strict CBR at a max of 5000.
Use good discs. Tayo Yuden or Ritek.
Now this goes for burned discs, if you replicate all this does not apply, you can play by the specs.