After yesterday's loss of Pegasisters Live, many were left asking the question; "what does Everfree Network even have left?". As a group that prides itself on knowing everything and simultaneously nothing, we can tell you the answer is "Not much" (we wanted to use a saying there involving a guy named Jack, but we're all about #professionalism here on Horse-News).
We DO know that the cut runs deep, but how extensive is the hemorrhaging?
|The more you tighten your grip Draft, |
the more programs will slip through your fingers.
Brony Clubhouse - Last update: 8 months ago, last episode: April 2, 2013 Status: Inactive
Radiant Eclipse - Last Update: 2012 Status: Worm Food (Inactive)
Reading Rainboom - Last Update: February 2013 Status: Inactive
Post My Video - Put on "indefinite hiatus" by BVids and JHaller Status: Inactive
Pegasisters Live - Left for own site Status: Escaped (Inactive)
State of Brony - Last Update: June 2013 Status: Inactive
Brony Breakdown - Last EFN Update: August 2013 Status: Escaped (Inactive) - Saberspark does the show on his own livestream now, and suffers no loss of viewership for it.
Into the Spotlight with Osaka Jack- Status: "On Hiatus" (Basically inactive)
At this point, Everfree Network is on pace to cancel more shows in a year than Comedy Central. So what is left for DraftNet? If our rudimentary understanding of math is correct; the answer is: Not much. Over a third of the programs listed on the site are admittedly, currently inactive. The other 2/3rds aren't necessarily thriving either. "Buttonmashers" is on its own site. "EFR Presents and EFN Events" are both unscheduled. Lunar Republic Takeover is MIA - A quick search for the host, or anyone even referencing it on Twitter returns more tumble weeds than links. The host "Heat Wave" has removed the "EFN" from his twitter handle, and hasn't posted about his show since December, and neither has the EFN twitter. "Saturday Night Songs" with Michelle Creber still technically runs, but hasn't posted a show update to the site since 2012. The number of programs on EFN that people actually watch is falling fast.
And it's not just the "radio" side of the network. After the BABScon incident, Kryptonlogic who was the head of the Everfree News team picked up and left for Equestria Daily, and as a result, EFN has been reporting news, sometimes 2-3 DAYS after the rest of the media sites, so clearly their time as a source of up-to-date information is coming to a close as well.
So who still uses Everfree Network anymore? Well apparently, not Americans. According to international web-ranking service Alexa, over 55% of Everfree.net's visitors come from - not the United States, not Canada, not the UK or Germany...but Russia.
And this is not an error. When Horse-News.net came into being, we were introduced to Alexa and have been monitoring the ranking system ever since. Everfree.net used to be the second most-popular Pony Fan-Media site in the United States after Equestria Daily, typically hovering around the 150Kth-250Kth most popular site in the country. This is a distinction they have not held in nearly 2 months. The global ranking (which is based on 3 months of data) is beginning to slip as well, off into international obscurity. It is unknown how much traffic the site is getting as a result of its previous life as a Japanese Porn Site.
All of this, coupled with the reported loss of EFN's streaming privileges at conventions this year, and even the leader's ejection from the first U.S. convention of 2014, paints a very grim picture for the future of the Network.
We logged on to listen to some of their streams...and we were apparently alone. Just us, and the huge obnoxious advertisement clogging up the stream, as shown below.
|Why are there ads all over?|
Because nothing is Ever Free.
As we end most pieces here on Horse-News, we leave you with the burning questions that we simply can't answer.
How long will the remaining non-music programs stick around, especially when the other shows that have gone rogue have not suffered to any degree, and enjoy a greater level of autonomy? How long will the remaining audience stay, when they get treated poorly (such as being kicked out of the Everfree chats for repeating the same language that the stream hosts use)? Will people even want to listen to Osaka Jack's show when he comes back, when he is blocking people for offending him, and then getting upset when people respond in kind? Will Draft and the EFN heads be able to plug the ever widening hole in the hull of the ship before it is claimed completely, or will it be "all hands to the lifeboats" before too long?
Hope everyone can swim.
Best of luck to the shows who have decided to go solo, but we're pretty sure you won't be needing it.