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We seem to have more views and bandwidth consumption during our live-streams than expected. What could be the reason?

1. An unexpected increase in viewership. Live events could be shared, promoted and even go viral. The same is true for linear 24/7 streams. It is virtually impossible to prophecy the exact viewership numbers of an upcoming event or for a linear 24/7 stream at all times.

2. Streaming overheads for setup, testing, QA and transcoding

Setup, Testing: usually 50-100 views/500-1000 VM.
Exceptions may deviate from common averages if custom requirements or challenges at the streaming location require more encoder testing.

Publisher Encoder Setup: This factor depends on the publisher’s media team, their hardware/software and experience level and the local ISP and broadcast environment (usually 10-100 views/50-500 VM)

Publisher Testing: This factor depends on how involved the publishers and his teams are and how much they test, watch and monitor the streams on their own devices.

Live-Transcoding (HLS, HDS, ConnectedTV): 2 VM billed per minute with public viewership.
(in/output live-transcoding. We absorb the costs whenever there are 0 viewers during a live-stream and only bill whenever at least one viewer consumes the transcoded stream. The billing for live-transcoding accounts for 2 views whenever it kicks in). More information can be found here: http://support.lightcast.com/605789-Which-views-are-included-in-the-outlet-filter-Embedded-on-Websites?r=1