This article introduces the billing policy for the Interactive Live Streaming Standard product provided by Agora.
Agora calculates the billing of all projects under your Agora account monthly.
Billing begins once you implement interactive live streaming using the Agora Voice or Video SDK.
On the first day of each month, Agora sends you your bill for the previous month's usage via mail, and five days later deducts the payment from your account. For details, see Billing, fee deduction, and account suspension.
Agora calculates billing based on the usage of all sessions under each project. The billing for each session equals the total sum of charges for all users in the session.
At the end of each month, Agora adds up the usage duration (in seconds) of audio and video in each category, and divides them by 60 to get the respective service minutes (rounded up to the nearest integer). Then, the service minutes are multiplied by the corresponding pricing to get the cost of that month.
Cost = audio charges + video charges = audio pricing × audio service minutes + video pricing × video service minutes
The usage duration of each session equals the total sum of service minutes of all users in the session.
For each user, Agora calculates the service minutes (accurate to seconds) from the user joining a channel to the user leaving the channel.
Depending on the subscribing behavior of the user, service minutes comprises the following:
In a live-streaming channel, Agora charges for audio and video service usage based on the role and level of the user.
Host: A user with the host user role is a host. The audio and video minutes of a host are billed based on Interactive Live Streaming Premium pricing.
Interactive Live Streaming Standard audience: A user with the audience user role and the low latency user level is an audience member in Interactive Live Streaming Standard. The audio and video minutes of an audience member in Interactive Live Streaming Standard are billed based on Interactive Live Streaming Standard pricing.
Interactive Live Streaming Premium audience: A user with the audience user role and the ultra-low latency user level is an audience member in Interactive Live Streaming Premium. The audio and video minutes of an audience member in Interactive Live Streaming Premium are billed based on Interactive Live Streaming Premium pricing.
|Service type||Category||Pricing ($US/1,000 minutes)|
|Full High-Definition (Full HD)①||4.59|
① Agora determines video category based on aggregate video resolution, which is the sum of resolutions of all the video streams a user subscribes to at the same time. For details, see Aggregate video resolution.
Agora adds up the resolution of all the video streams a user subscribes to at the same time to determine the user's aggregate video resolution, which categorizes video as follows:
|Video category||Aggregate video resolution|
|High-Definition (HD)||Up to 921,600 (1280 × 720）|
|Full High-Definition (Full HD)||From greater than 921,600 (1280 × 720) to 2,073,600 (1920 × 1080)|
|2K||From greater than 2,073,600 (1920 × 1080) to 3,686,400 (2560 × 1440)|
|2K+||From greater than 3,686,400 (2560 × 1440) to 8,847,360 (4096 × 2160)|
For example, if a user subscribes to two 960 × 720 video streams at the same time, the aggregate resolution is 960 × 720 + 960 × 720 = 1,382,400. The user is charged for Full HD video service.
|Minutes used||Discount level|
|100,000 to 499,999||5%|
|500,000 to 999,999||7%|
|1,000,000 to 3,000,000||10%|
This section uses an example of interactive live video streaming involving five users to illustrate how Agora calculates aggregate video resolution, service minutes, and charges.
Five users join a channel at the same time and have interactive live video streaming for 60 minutes. In the video streaming, there are three hosts (Host A, B, and C), each with a video resolution set to 960 × 720. Two audience members subscribe to the low-latency live streaming from the hosts. Meanwhile, Host A shares their screen with all other users in the channel. The video resolution of the shared screen stream is set to and received at 1920 x 1080.
The following table lists the aggregate resolution of the video streams that each user subscribes to, which determines the unit price for their video usage：
|User||Video streams subscribed||Aggregate video resolution||Total||Video category|
|Host A + screen sharing||2 hosts||960 × 720 × 2||1,382,400||Full HD|
|Host B||2 hosts + Host A's screen sharing||(960 × 720 × 2) + (1920 x 1080)||3,456,000||2K|
|Host C||2 hosts + Host A's screen sharing||(960 × 720 × 2) + (1920 x 1080)||3,456,000||2K|
|Audience Member 1||3 hosts + Host A's screen sharing||(960 × 720 × 3) + (1920 x 1080)||4,147,200||2K+|
|Audience Member 2||3 hosts + Host A's screen sharing||(960 × 720 × 3) + (1920 x 1080)||4,147,200||2K+|
The following table shows the calculation of the total cost of the video streaming：
|Billed service||Total usage duration (minutes) = Sum of all individual durations||Unit price ($US/1,000 minutes)||Cost of each service ($US)||Total cost($US)|
||(60/1000) × 4.59 = 0.2754||
|2K||60 × 2 = 120||7.99
||(120/1000) × 7.99 = 0.9588|
|2K+||60 × 2 = 120||17.99
||(120/1000) × 17.99 = 2.1588|
At the end of each month, Agora adds up the usage duration (in seconds) of audio and video in each category, and divides them by 60 to get the respective service minutes (rounded up to the nearest integer). For example, if the duration of audio service of the month is 59 seconds, then the audio service minutes is calculated as 1 minute; if the duration of video service is 61 seconds, then the video service minutes is calculated as 2 minutes. The margin of error for service minutes for each month is within 1 minute.
In dual-stream mode, the aggregate video resolution is calculated as follows:
In scenarios involving screen sharing, the unit price of the screen-sharing stream is calculated on the basis of the video dimension that you set in
ScreenCaptureParameters. For details, see descriptions in the following classes:
When calculating the aggregate resolution, Agora counts the resolution of 225280 (640 × 352) as 640 × 360.