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I want to add more storage space to my Lightcast account. Why is it a monthly cost?

Purchasing storage on a server can be compared with the rental of a specific square footage on the CDN so to speak. If your content lives in a 500 sf room, the rent is the same each month, but you don’t receive a new room every month, but you can rent an additional room if you need more space. If for example your plan includes 2TB of storage & transcoding space, the 2TB is the rented living space of your content on the CDN. All cloud storage works the same way: a specific amount of storage space is rented at monthly or annual payments. 

The term “Subscription” we use for ongoing services can easily be interpreted as the same amount of transcoding & storage being added each month. However, as with all CDNs and cloud storage services, storage space on servers is rented, not purchased. 

Ways to reduce the usage: one thing that can be tried is to optimize the file size/quality ratio of the video files through the use of optimized export/codec settings. Another one would be to upload videos with shorter duration (longer videos produce bigger file sizes of course). For that purpose we also offer a cloud-trimming feature, which allows to cut/trim start-point and end-point of uploaded (or recorded) video files directly on our servers through the Control Center, before sending them into transcoding and onto the CDN storage.