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What is the Bandwidth Accounting Progression Key?

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. 

On-Demand Delivery: 
The threshold for the On-Demand bandwidth accounting progression is 1 Mbit. All renditions above 1 Mbit are accounted for with 3 minutes per minute viewed and all renditions below 1 Mbit as 1 minute per minute viewed. This also translates into resolutions as all renditions below 1 Mbit are in SD and all renditions above 1 Mbit are in HD (720 & 1080):
 
< 720p video files are accounted 1 minutes per minute viewed/streamed
>= 720p video files are accounted 3 minutes per minute viewed/streamed
 
Above HD renditions, two more bandwidth accounting progression thresholds exist for 4k and 7k resolutions. Please inquire for details on 4k and 7k delivery.

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.
 
Tip: If you want to avoid reaching the next accounting progression, make sure not to get too close to the limits.