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Why are live streams with bitrates above 1 Mbit and video files in HD resolution charged with more streaming minutes?

While other CDNs charge for data-volume transferred and make most of their money on expensive overage charges auto-charged to their client's credit cards, Lightcast sets a different standard, simplifies bandwidth accounting and makes it more transparent and trackable for clients, by translating the "bits and bytes" into minutes viewed/streamed. 

Regular "bits-and-bytes" bandwidth accounting automatically charges more for higher volumes of data-transfers (for higher bitrates and higher resolutions), while the "Video Minutes" bandwidth accounting requires a progression in the amount of minutes accounted per minutes viewed. As a result we developed a progression plan for on-demand and live-streaming content - based on resolution for VOD and based on bitrate of the stream for LIVE. 

Here is the progression key of Lightcast's ultra-transparent bandwidth accounting:

On-Demand Content:
< 720p uploaded video files are accounted 1 minutes per minute viewed/streamed
>= 720p uploaded video files are accounted 3 minutes per minute viewed/streamed

Live-Streams:
- bitrates above 1 Mbit are accounted 2 minutes per minute viewed/streamed
- bitrates above 2 Mbit are accounted 3 minutes per minute viewed/streamed
- bitrates above 3 Mbit are accounted 4 minutes per minute viewed/streamed
- bitrates above 4 Mbit are accounted 5 minutes per minute viewed/streamed
- bitrates above 5 Mbit are accounted 6 minutes per minute viewed/streamed
- bitrates above 6 Mbit are accounted 7 minutes per minute viewed/streamed
etc.