AWS Elemental MediaLive offers pay-as-you go pricing across the following dimensions: Inputs, Outputs, Add-On Functionality, Idle Resources, and Data Transfer. Input (including both primary and secondary ingest) and outputs (including each individual encode within your output groups) for every channel are billed at their corresponding rates (see regional rates below) for as long as the channel is running, regardless of receiving or producing content. Since each live channel has one input and one or more outputs, you simply add the prices of each input and output to arrive at the total cost for running your live channel. There is an additional charge for running channels with advanced audio features enabled (one charge per channel). Stopped channels are considered idle resources and will generate a small usage charge unless they are deleted.
AWS Elemental MediaLive provides two pricing models. You can choose to pay by-the-minute with no upfront costs or long-term commitments; in this case, AWS Elemental MediaLive will round the duration you run each input and output up to the nearest minute, with a 10-minute minimum. For long running or 24x7 channels you can save money with an annual commitment, where you pay a fixed monthly price for each input and output for 12 months. Please contact us to convert inputs or outputs from per-minute to monthly pricing.
Resolutions are defined as
SD is less than 720 vertical resolution.
HD is greater than or equal to 720 vertical resolution, but less than or equal to 1080 vertical resolution.
UHD is greater than 1080, up to and including 2160 vertical resolution.
The price for each input to your live channel is determined by a combination of codec, bitrate, and resolution of the input stream.
The cost for outputs is determined by a combination of codec, bitrate, resolution, and frame rate of the output stream. The total output price is the sum of all outputs generated for the channel. If you are interested in HEVC or UHD encoding please contact us.
These rates are applied at the channel level, rather than by individual input or output. Advanced audio includes Additional Audio Encoders to support outputs for Dolby Digital (AC3), Dolby Digital Plus (EAC3), and Audio Normalization uses technology from DTS to enable monitoring and correction in accordance with the ITU-R BS.1770 standard and logging compliant with the CALM ACT (ATSC A/85).
The per minute cost for a live channel with an HD input producing 5 outputs with advanced audio in the US East (N. Virginia) Region:
1080p HD, HEVC, 20Mbps = $0.010 per min
1080p HD, 5Mbps 30fps = $0.012 per min
720p HD, 2Mbps, 30fps, = $0.012 per min
576p SD, 1.2Mbps, 30fps, = $0.006 per min
432p SD, 0.8Mbps, 30fps = $0.006 per min
288p SD, 0.5Mbps, 30fps = $0.006 per min
Advanced audio = $0.005 per min
$0.010 + $0.012 + $0.012 + $0.006 + $0.006 + 0.006 + $0.005 = $0.057 per minute
The monthly cost for a channel with the same configuration as example 1, running 24/7 with a 12 month commitment:
1080p HD, HEVC, 20Mbps = $105 per month
1080p HD, 5Mbps 30fps = $126 per month
720p HD, 2Mbps, 30fps = $126 per month
576p SD, 1.2Mbps, 30fps = $63 per month
432p SD, 0.8Mbps, 30fps = $63 per month
288p SD, 0.5Mbps, 30fps = $63 per month
Advanced audio = $26 per month
$105 + $126 + 126 + $63 + $63 + $63 + $26 = $572 per month
You may incur additional charges when you serve content outside of AWS. If the content output is delivered to a destination over the internet or via a CDN other than Amazon CloudFront, then internet data transfer charges apply.
No additional charges are incurred for AWS Elemental MediaLive channels transferring data to or from AWS Elemental MediaPackage, Amazon S3 or other AWS Services within the same Region (i.e., $0.00 per GB). The pricing below is based on data transferred "in" to or "out" of AWS Elemental MediaLive from a region outside of the one where the channel is running.