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Ponyville Live Lives! Poniverse and the Future of PVL:

Howdy everypony! Silver Eagle here, network director of the Ponyville Live media network.

As some of you may have seen, this weekend I finished the process of dissolving Ponyville Live’s “parent” company, Bravely Blue Media LLC. After this announcement was posted, many wondered what would become of Ponyville Live itself, and whether the network would continue to operate in the future.

Today I’m happy to announce that yes, the Ponyville Live network will stay online! From the public side, the same pony radio stations, podcasts, video streams and media that you love will stay just the same.

To keep things running smoothly, there are some administrative changes, however, and I’d like to go over all of those so everyone’s on the same page.

The first change is that I’ll be stepping down as the director of the Ponyville Live! network. I will be replaced in that capacity by Alex “Dusk” Howard, who has served as an administrator for the network and several of its stations for several years now.

Make no mistake, it has been an immense honor and privilege to serve in the capacity of network director of PVL for three years now. I hope that in that time, the work of me and my team has made a positive impact on your life as a brony. First and foremost, though, my passion in this world is as a software developer, and the political position wasn’t one that I was ever really very good at. Over the years, my time in PVL has taken quite a toll on me both financially and psychologically, and in the interest of preserving the good memories, I think it’s time to move on from that role.

Because I do still strongly believe that PVL is a useful service that means something to a lot of bronies out there, rather than just kill off the service entirely, I have opted instead to step down into the role of an everyday developer, and hand the keys over to Dusk.

As for infrastructure, that’s where our friends at Poniverse come in. For many years now, our two networks have been close friends, sharing radio data and integrating their Pony.fm music service into our homepage. We also worked with them to modernize our MLP Music Archive, integrating its contents with the Pony.fm library. In the recent few months, they’ve taken great steps to make their own service’s code open and transparent, and I feel like this aligns very closely with Ponyville Live’s own goals. They have a large and active team of developers who can give the PVL project the love it deserves.

Between now and the end of the year, we will start both of these transitions, moving the directorship to Dusk and the infrastructure to Poniverse. We will do everything possible to make sure that this transition is a seamless one, and that the web sites, apps and players that you know and love continue to work.

I’m very excited about what the future holds for Ponyville Live. I’m both relieved and exceptionally grateful to have found a manager and team who were willing to take on the responsibility of maintaining the network and taking the bulk of the workload off my shoulders, allowing me to focus on what makes me the happiest of all, just building cool web sites for people.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who keeps supporting us after all these years. You, the audience, have given us all the reason in the world to keep this project going. I hope that Ponyville Live will long continue to be another little part of what makes being a brony something special.

(tl;dr: Ponyville Live! stays online! I’m stepping down from network director to a regular developer role, Dusk is taking my place as director, and Poniverse is hosting the PVL infrastructure. What can I say? I like long posts.)

 ~ Silver Eagle

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