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Live Video Caster

Last updated: 2024-04-25 16:40:12
    Billable items of Live Video Caster (LVC) include broadcast output duration, third-party relay, and value-added services. The billing mode is postpaid billing (bill-by-duration).

    Billing for Broadcast Output Duration

    Postpaid Billing (Bill-per-duration)

    Billing of LVC is based on the resolution of the video stream outputted by your casters, the output screen type, and the output duration.
    Closing the browser page does not automatically disconnect the caster output. In this case, the caster continues to run in the background.
    After using a caster, to avoid incurring unnecessary product service fees, please go to the Live Video Caster list page and click Stop for the caster. For detailed instructions, see Live Video Caster Management.
    LVC Output Specifications
    Playlist Type - International
    Original Price (USD/min)
    Universal Type - International
    Original Price (USD/min)
    Output Specification Explanation
    480P and below
    480P: long side ≤ 640px and short side ≤ 480px
    480P - 720P (inclusive)
    720P: long side ≤ 1280px and short side ≤ 720px
    720P - 1080P (inclusive)
    1080P: long side ≤ 1920px and short side ≤ 1080px
    1080P - 2K (inclusive)
    2K: long side ≤ 2560px, and short side ≤ 1440px
    2K- 4K (inclusive)
    4K: long side ≤ 4096px, and short side ≤ 2160px

    Billing details

    If your PGM output screen comprises only one stream, the playlist type applies; if your PGM output screen comprises two or more streams, the universal type applies.
    The long side and short side are not necessarily the width and height. The larger value is defined as the long side. For example, if the long side is 1280px and the short side is 480px, the specification is considered 720P.
    These rules only apply to the output of a single caster. If multiple casters are used, the charges will be accumulated according to the aforementioned rules.
    Billing method: Daily postpaid billing.
    Billing cycle: Fees calculated on a daily basis, with bills reflecting broadcast output duration generated the following day.

    Fee calculation

    LVC output duration fee = Tiered price corresponding to LVC output specifications × Output duration.

    Billing example

    Assume that a user used a caster instance for broadcasting on July 12, 2022, with the PGM output specification being 1080P, the output screen type being the single-stream playlist type, and the output duration being 60 minutes, the actual consumption bill generated on July 13, 2022 would be: 0.0477 USD/min × 60 min = 2.862 USD.

    Billing for Relay to Third Party

    When you use the relay feature of Cloud Streaming Services to direct live broadcasts to third-party addresses, you will be billed based on the bandwidth usage of the relay. The billing is based on the peak bandwidth (unit: Mbps) generated in the relay service's region during the billing cycle. The relay service's region corresponds to the relay exit region. If the relay service occurs in multiple regions in the same billing cycle, billing will occur separately based on the bandwidth peaks of the involved regions.
    Price (USD/Mbps/Month)
    Chinese mainland
    Hong Kong (China)
    Silicon Valley, USA
    Virginia, USA
    Sao Paulo

    Billing details

    Billing mode: Monthly postpaid billing.
    Billing cycle: Fees calculated on a monthly basis, with bills reflecting relay fees generated on the 1st to 3rd of the following month.
    Billable bandwidth: The billing takes the concurrent bandwidth of all relay tasks into account. The default billing mode is postpaid billing and is based on the peak monthly average bandwidth (the daily peak averages within the billing cycle). If the Live Video Broadcasting under the account follows a different monthly bandwidth billing practice, then the bandwidth billing method for the relay tasks follow that of Live Video Broadcasting.

    Fee calculation

    Third-party relay fee = Billable bandwidth for relay × Unit price.

    Billing example

    Assume that on May 3, 2023, a user used a caster instance for broadcasting, with the PGM output specification being 1080P, the output screen type being the single-stream playlist type, and the output duration being 60 minutes; on May 20, 2023, the user also used a caster instance for broadcasting, with the same PGM output specification and the output screen type as that used previously, but the output duration was 100 minutes. For both instances, the user set a third-party relay address, which was located in Silicon Valley, USA. The peak bandwidths on the two days were 15Mbps and 16Mbps, respectively. Each output duration bill would be generated on the following day, while the third-party relay bill would be generated on June 1 to June 3. In this case, the actual consumption in May would be: 0.0477 USD/min × 60 min + 0.0477 USD/min × 100 min + 7.1 USD/Mbps × (15 Mbps + 16 Mbps)/31-days = 14.732 USD.

    Possible Costs

    As a tool-based product, LVC itself only incurs three fees: broadcast output duration fees, third-party relay fees (collected by Live Video Broadcasting), and value-added feature fees. However, during your use of LVC, you might need services from products like Cloud Streaming Services and Video on Demand. These services might incur normal usage fees such as VOD traffic fees, live recording fees, and upstream repush fees. For related billing instructions, see Billing of LVB and Billing of VOD.
    After using a caster, turn off the output and go to the List Page to stop the caster in a timely manner to avoid incurring unnecessary charges from other product services.
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