With AWS Elemental MediaConnect, you are charged based on two dimensions: active resources and data transfer. An active resource in MediaConnect is called a flow, defined as a single input connected to one or more outputs. You are billed at an hourly rate for each running flow, plus either a per-gigabyte charge for data transferred using the flow or, with reserved outbound bandwidth pricing, a per-hour charge based on bandwidth for video sent to the internet. A flow that is in standby mode is not an active resource, and does not incur active resource costs even if it has outputs or entitlements configured. No long-term commitments or upfront payments are required and you can increase or decrease usage at any time, except for reserved outbound bandwidth, which requires a 12-month commitment at a set bandwidth tier.

Active resources

The pricing below is the cost per hour for each running flow.

Data transfer

Data transfer charges are incurred when MediaConnect transfers data to or from MediaConnect resources, AWS Elemental MediaLive, or other AWS services. You also incur additional charges when you serve content outside of AWS. If the live video output is delivered to a destination outside of AWS, then internet data transfer charges apply. The pricing below is based on data transferred using MediaConnect.

Reserved outbound bandwidth

If you are willing to make a 12-month commitment, discounted pricing is available for reserved outbound bandwidth on data transferred to the internet. Reserved outbound bandwidth is charged for every hour in the month, for each month of your commitment period. Excess bitrate delivered above the bandwidth commitment is billed per gigabyte (GB) using standard rates from the data transfer out from MediaConnect to internet table. If you have 24x7 distribution workflows, reserved outbound bandwidth can yield savings of 40% to 70% or more compared to standard pricing depending on usage. Learn more by visiting the MediaConnect documentation.

Pricing examples

  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3
  • Example 1
  • An event venue sends video encoded at a bitrate of 10 Mbps to MediaConnect in the US East (N. Virginia) Region, for 24 hours, with a single output to another AWS service in the same Region.

    Running cost in US East (N. Virginia) Region
    $0.16 per hour

    Total running cost for 24 hours
    $0.16 * 24 = $3.840

    Data transferred in 24 hours
    10 Mbps / 8 = 1.25 MBps / 1024 = 0.00122 GBbps * 3600 = 4.4 GB per hour * 24 = 105.6 GB

    Total data transfer cost from MediaConnect to another AWS service in US East (N. Virginia) Region
    105.6 GB * $0.01 = $1.056

    Total cost
    $3.840 + $1.056 = $4.896

  • Example 2
  • A broadcaster sends video encoded at a bitrate of 30 Mbps to MediaConnect in the US East (N. Virginia) Region, with a single output to MediaConnect in the US West (Oregon) Region, plus a single output from MediaConnect in the US West (Oregon) out of AWS to the internet, for a 30-day period.

    Running cost in US East (N. Virginia) Region
    $0.16 per hour

    Running cost in US West (Oregon) Region
    $0.16 per hour

    Total running cost
    $0.16 per hour + $0.16 per hour = $0.32 per hour * 24 hours * 30 days = $230.40

    Data transferred in 30 days
    30 Mbps / 8 = 3.75 MBps / 1024 = 0.00366 GBbps * 3600 = 13.184 GB per hour
    13.184 GB per hour * 24 hours * 30 days = 9,492.48 GB (9.27 TB)

    Total data transfer cost from MediaConnect in US East (N. Virginia) Region to MediaConnect in US West (Oregon)
    9,492.48 * $0.02 = $189.850

    Total data transfer cost out from US West (Oregon) to internet (First 1 GB is free)
    9,491.48 * $0.090 per GB = $854.233

    Total cost
    $230.40 + $189.850 + $854.233 = $1,274.483

  • Example 3
  • A broadcaster sends video at a bitrate of 50 Mbps from one MediaConnect flow in the US East (N. Virginia) Region out of AWS to the internet. The broadcaster plans to send this video 24x7 for 12 months. To get a discount on data transfer to the internet pricing, the broadcaster reserves outbound bandwidth at the 50 Mbps tier, making a 12-month commitment.

    Running cost in US East (N. Virginia) Region
    $0.16 per hour

    Reserved outbound bandwidth for the 50 Mbps tier from US East (N. Virginia) to internet
    $1.161 per hour

    Total cost per hour
    $0.16 + $1.161 = $1.321

    Total cost per month
    $1.321 * 24 hours * 30 days = $951.12

    Savings with reserved outbound bandwidth compared to on-demand pricing
    Reserved outbound bandwidth price (converted to GB) = $0.052 / GB
    On-demand price = $0.09 / GB
    Broadcaster saved 42% using reserved outbound bandwidth

     

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