Editorial: Oh, Really?
And let me state this plainly and in no uncertain terms: You will not see EFN-quality streams from anyone else. We are the unequivocal best at what we do.
I wanted to take some time to look at this little quote from final draft’s tumblr post on convention streaming, it’s costs, impact on community, and how conventions have not been willing to Accodate Everfree anymore.
When it’s stated that EFN Quality is the best, I don’t question the quality of the stream, equipment or presentation, i question weather or not they cover enough to be justified in saying they are the “unequivocal best”
The only known Media network that provides post-con uploads of panels in HD is Ponyville live. they have clashed with everfree in some ways every time they had covered a convention together, but in my view Ponyville live might be better at actually recording and covering the convention. Let’s break it down, shall we?
Fiesta Equestria 2013
This Houston convention was held in june of last year, and both Everfree Network and Ponyville Live were there. Ponyville Live has a page on their website where you can view the archives of the convention and directly compare PvL’s Coverage to Everfree’s.
Everfree recorded 13 panels, but never moved beyond the main stage area, beyond one panel that supports their own. They were not even recording interviews with guests beyond panels, or roaming about the floor to interview attendees.
Ponyville Live recorded 26 panels, most of then in the two other panel rooms. They also conducted 6 interviews, three episodes of a PvL Podcast, and coverage of a side stage that was near the autograph hall that was streamed out to listeners on the radio.
In terms of work being done to archive and record the convention, Ponyville Live clearly achieved more.
Additionally, Ponyville Live has attended more conventions in 2013 then Everfree. (When comparing Ponyville Live’s website to Everfree Network’s youtube.) While Everfree stuck to larger conventions, Ponyville live attended 9 of them with only 3 in common. I could not compare BronyCon 2013 between the two because PVL does not include it in their list of archives. They provided smaller conventions with invaluable preservation.
So when final draft says that everfree is the best at what they do? Sure. they’re good for covering the mane hall, but that’s all they’ll do.