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I watched my video in SD quality but used more video minutes than actually watched. What's the reason?

Using more video minutes than actually watched has to do with buffering. In order to be able to play back a video it needs to be preloaded - at least to some degree. For all stationary and mobile devices which can handle it, Lightcast streams with the safest and most bandwidth-efficient technology: HLS. 

HLS requires the preloading of only 10-30% - depending on, and adaptive to, the viewer's available bandwidth. It buffers more only if needed or a certain bitrate has been selected by the viewer manually (thus overriding the auto-bitrate adaptive mode).