Another Brick in the Paywall

Watch for changes to the Times Union’s digital offerings.

I noticed on my phone and tablet they’ve been fiddling with settings that impose a monthly story limit. By “fiddling,” I mean turning it on and off. Also, the paid content timesunionPLUS story designation has vanished.

It could mean that they’re getting ready to pull the plug on free content — like so many newspapers have done — and that the timesunionPLUS scheme was a bust.

The blogs? Those will probably stay free. Hey, you get what you pay for.

Maybe they’ll take up my idea of offering unlimited access for $.25 per week, which I’d gladly pay for the online edition.

“Rob,” you say, “why should they give away their news content. That makes no sense, these days.”

No, I suppose it doesn’t. And who would do that, anyway? Oh, I don’t know — local TV stations, maybe? They’ve never charged you for news and they still don’t.

Anyhow, wait and see.

2 responses to “Another Brick in the Paywall

  1. They’re also putting blocker adverts on the blogs – after you click on a particular blog (usually the community ones), the screen greys out and you get a screen asking if you would like to receive digital stories for $1/week. You have to click on a “yes / no” choice before you can continue to read the blog. This also circumvents the AdBlockPlus feature on my web browser. Sneaky tactic, Big Hearst.

    • Yeah, big paywall coming. I like the wording of some of those notices. I recall one being something like, “No, I don’t want breaking news.”

      Can’t blame them for wanting to get paid, I suppose.

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