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Why does my LIVE Channel consume video minutes although nobody is watching?

If you haven't embedded any of your live-players on your website, then the Video Minutes usage is only from the transcoding overhead.

In order to make live-streams available on mobile devices and ConnectedTV devices, they have to be sent into real-time transcoding, which incurs incoming and outgoing bandwidth usage, equaling two continuous viewers. The transcoding bandwidth usage is accounted for as "Embedded On Websites" in the Media Stats Center.

Since it is only for the actual time streamed, the transcoding bandwidth usage is barely noticeable during live-events, but it does increase the bandwidth usage on 24/7 streams. Lightcast therefore recommends publishers of 24/7 streams to use a bandwidth package large enough to accommodate their streams.