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NY Times decides to start charging for online content

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Jan 2010 12:30 User comments (10)

NY Times decides to start charging for online content The New York Times has decided to begin charging for its online content, 3 years after upper management started mulling over the idea.
The new pay-for system will not go into effect until 2011 however, and the site will give all users free access to a certain amount of articles per month. After that number however, you will have to pay to read any more.

The Times, like many of its print brethren, has seen a giant hit in advertising revenue, especially since the current recession started in 2007.

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10 user comments

120.1.2010 12:47
av_verbal
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who cares there are plenty of other "REAL" sources of news, why do we need the propaganda of corporate media anyway?

lets hope sources like:

http://therealnews.com/t2/

http://www.indymedia.org/en/index.shtml

get more publicity as the greedy corporate shysters put up their paywalls.

edited for broken link.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 20 Jan 2010 @ 12:49

220.1.2010 13:02

I have so many views on this. Yes, you can go to other reputable sites for some of the same news and get it for free. If I'm a consumer buying the print version, I'd feel ripped off paying for it if it's online for everyone FREE of charge!

On the other hand I can't blame them for charge. Good for them. I'd support my local newspaper charging for "local" stories as well. They have reporters, paginators, editors and other mouths to feed! Charge for the stuff you work hard on, leave the AP stories up for free to drive traffic and ad revenue. (AP can be found on MANY sites, so why charge?)

The loss of subscribers have killed everything from ad revenue to classified ad sales. Maybe something like the Kindle or Nook can help streamline costs will driving new subscriptions? Either way, newspapers have to adapt before they completely die off.

320.1.2010 13:41
av_verbal
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SProdigy

seriously most papers are no more than propaganda, why pay to brainwash yourself.

is advertising a benefit or a burden?

would you believe a game review from a source paid for by the makers of the console?

the review goes like this "best game ever says "said corporation" they say its a must buy, 9/10, nothing like this seen before".

do you remember Jeff Gerstmann being sacked from Gamespot after Eidos threatened to pull advertising revenue for the negative review of Kane & Lynch?

money talks and corporations dictate their will.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 20 Jan 2010 @ 15:04

420.1.2010 15:09

The Onion is the best free news source ever:)))

http://www.theonion.com/content/index

521.1.2010 5:23

They want to charge for that crap? I don't think anyone will miss this dinosaur when it dies.

621.1.2010 5:44

av_verbal, You took the words right out of my mouth. +1

721.1.2010 8:53
av_verbal
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Originally posted by cyprusrom:
The Onion is the best free news source ever:)))

http://www.theonion.com/content/index


lol the onion is great, av you seen their youtube channel?

Originally posted by KillerBug:
They want to charge for that crap? I don't think anyone will miss this dinosaur when it dies.
lets hope not.

Originally posted by Joshewah:
av_verbal, You took the words right out of my mouth. +1
thank you, glad to see some people still have free will and are not completely brainwashed by corporate propaganda/advertising.

821.1.2010 10:28

Yeah, I've watched the Onion's youtube channel, I like the best this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AyVh1_vWYQ&fmt=18

921.1.2010 11:37

I don't read their propaganda even for free... good luck...

1021.1.2010 15:44

Originally posted by av_verbal:
SProdigy

seriously most papers are no more than propaganda, why pay to brainwash yourself.

is advertising a benefit or a burden?

would you believe a game review from a source paid for by the makers of the console?

the review goes like this "best game ever says "said corporation" they say its a must buy, 9/10, nothing like this seen before".

do you remember Jeff Gerstmann being sacked from Gamespot after Eidos threatened to pull advertising revenue for the negative review of Kane & Lynch?

money talks and corporations dictate their will.
Well... yes and no. You can't tell me TV is any different. Or even fast food packaging. There is no defined line where this begins and ends. Anything can be spun the way you want it.

Truth is we're in a society where I can like chocolate and you can like vanilla... and that's okay, but if I have a soapbox to speak from, I'm not going to mention your dislike for chocolate!

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