This topic describes the billing rules for production studio instances.

Billing overview

Production studio instances are billed based on the pay-as-you-go billing method. The billable items of production studio instances include streaming and transcoding. Transcoding is an optional feature.

Billable items

Billable item Description
Streaming You are charged for streaming based on the usage duration.
Transcoding You are charged for transcoding based on the usage duration.
Note The pricing provided in this topic was announced in January 2021. To view the final prices, visit the pricing page of ApsaraVideo Live.

Pricing

  • Streaming
    Streaming output resolution for H.264 (Unit: USD per minute) Template Studio mode Playlist mode
    ≤ 480p Low definition (LD) 0.025 0.020
    480p to 720p (including 720p) Standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) 0.050 0.030
    720p to 1080p (including 1080p) Ultra high definition (UHD) 0.10 0.050
  • Transcoding
    Transcoding output resolution for H.264 (Unit: USD per minute) Template Chinese mainland Singapore (Singapore) Japan (Tokyo) Germany (Frankfurt) India (Mumbai) Indonesia (Jakarta)
    ≤ 480p LD 0.0097 0.0099 0.0099 0.0056 0.0099 0.0099
    480p to 720p (including 720p) SD and HD 0.0191 0.0198 0.0198 0.0112 0.0198 0.0198
    720p to 1080p (including 1080p) UHD 0.0382 0.0396 0.0396 0.0224 0.0396 0.0396

Billing method

Streaming
  • Pay-as-you-go
    Item Description
    Billing rule You are charged per minute of video in each output based on the streaming output resolution and transcoding output resolution.
    Billing cycle You are charged on a daily basis.
    Billing method You are charged based on the pay-as-you-go billing method.
    Bill generation time Bills for a day are generated after 00:00:00 on the following day. After bills are generated, fees are deducted from the balance of your Alibaba Cloud account. The specific time when bills are generated is determined by the system.
    Settlement time After bills are generated, fees are deducted from the balance of your Alibaba Cloud account.
Transcoding
Item Description
Billing rule You are charged per minute of video in each output. The unit price varies based on the output resolution. Three output resolutions are available.
Billing cycle You are charged on a daily basis.
Billing method You are charged based on the pay-as-you-go billing method.
Bill generation time Bills are generated within one hour after the current billing cycle ends.
Settlement time After bills are generated, fees are deducted from the balance of your Alibaba Cloud account.
Note For more information about the output resolution, contact operations staff or your business manager.

Billing example

The prices in the following example are for reference only. The prices displayed on the ApsaraVideo Live Pricing page shall prevail.

Scenario: You have a production studio instance in studio mode in a live center in the Chinese mainland. The streaming output resolution is 720p, and one stream is transcoded to 480p. On June 17, you use the production studio instance for 100 minutes.

Pricing: The unit price for a streaming output with the resolution that is greater than 480p and less than or equal to 720p is USD 0.050 per minute. The unit price for a transcoding output with the resolution that is less than or equal to 480p is USD 0.0097 per minute. For more information, see Pricing.

The fee of your production studio instance on June 17 is calculated by using the following formula: USD 0.050 × 100 + USD 0.0097 × 100 = USD 5.97. Bills are generated after 00:00:00 on June 18. Fees are automatically deducted from the balance of your Alibaba Cloud account.

Overdue payments

  • If you settle your overdue payments within 24 hours, you can still use ApsaraVideo Live.
  • If you do not settle your overdue payments within 24 hours, you can no longer use ApsaraVideo Live. You must settle all overdue payments before you can continue to use the service.
  • For more information about overdue payments, see Overdue payments.

Related operations

For more information about billing, see the following topics:

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