I also find it ludicrous to exclude 2pp just for the sake of the documentary schedule. I'm even going so far as to say that I welcome them pitching games during the next AF, should there be a next AF. Could be very interesting to see a repeat performance from Asif, similar to what happened with Derek. But that's a bridge we bomb when we get there.
Furthermore I also feel that the series should trump a livestream in every way. To be honest I was a bit relieved when I discovered there were no livestreams this year. In the past I felt I had to watch them or I'd miss something, and on some days that was a bit of a hassle. On the other hand, because of the series delay, I had a feeling of disconnection from the event that was quite less enjoyable than AFs past. In the end, though, it is what it is. I still get a great documentary series, some prototypes to play (even from non-doublefine folks!), maybe a soundtrack? (please please please!)
All in all, some bad, a heck of a lot good, can't complain about the amount of bang for my buck.