The Grey Lady Starts Charging Online

Posted by - Admin / January 21st, 2010

The New York Times is making a move to close their website to online viewers and make it pay-to-view. Subscribers will be able to see the website, and all of its content, but random browsers on the Internet will be fresh out of luck. Everything about this move makes me think The Grey Lady is on its way down. All print media has experienced a sharp decline, ever since the advent of the Internet. However, websites of these newspapers have been wary of making their systems pay-to-view because users could simply go elsewhere for similar content and get it for free.

Under the plan, to be launched in early 2011, people who read more than a certain number of articles in a month will be prompted to pay a flat monthly or annual fee for additional access. Print subscribers will have full access to the site

I think this is a bad idea, but there are certainly worse ways to do it.