Pay-per-view newspaper, big success or destined to crash & burn

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by viceroy, Aug 11, 2010.


Do you pay to view newspaper content

Poll closed Aug 14, 2010.
  1. I have a paid subscription and get free online access with that

  2. I pay for online content

  3. I would never pay for content and go elsewhere

  4. I am a troll and do not read newspapers

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  1. Do you pay to view full content on websites such as FT, times etc or do you simply go to those that are still free?
  2. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
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    I only read the Grauniad which as well as being free, has the virtue of being the best news source on the internet. When it and the BBC are free, I don't see the need to pay for news.
  3. The great Rupert Murdoch paywall is destined to fail in my opinion. The concept of free content has embedded itself into the web's psyche to such an extent I would see any attempt to reverse the trend as incredibly hard to pull off. Given the huge number of sources that will remain free for a very long time to come, your going to have to do something pretty exceptional with your content to entice people to spend their silver dollars on it.

    No business can ever hope to compete with free when it is just a few small steps further down the road
  4. i can't see the point at the moment for paying for content but if in time that net somehow becomes pay per play then who knows.
  5. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    BBC, Reuters(static) and The Torygraph are all free to one extent or another. The FT is a specialist paper, and if you need it for work you will pay for it, just like you would for Bloomberg etc. Why The Times introduced subscription access I have no idea, but it has deteriorated massive over the years since the bloody republican Aussie got his mits on it.

    If I had to pay, I'd rather have something in my mits, that I could rustle in disapproval.
  6. Mr_Fingerz

    Mr_Fingerz LE Book Reviewer

    My greatest concern about pay per click is that Keith (yes folks that's Mr Murdoch's first name), will go bleating to the Govt that the BBC are not competing on a level playing field and that they either charge (not likely to happen IMHO); or quit.

    The man's a viking. And (yes I know) when it comes to business/politics he's used to getting his own way.

    So either the govt grow a pair and tell him "You decided to charge, live with the consequences", or you be prepared to shout long and hard about the marginalisation of the world's premier news gathering agency providing you with content that you have already paid for.

  7. Hence the Daily Sport - the more the 'news' upsets you, the more furiously you masterbate.
  8. I knew Murdoch had lost it when he bought MySpace when even to a laymen like me it was clear he was doing it without any clear idea of what he was getting into - the Times firewall is just another pratfall. As Gremlin said, the FT is a specialist paper, and isn't an example that a very average paper like the Times can follow.
  9. i dont mind buying a copy of the times if im in a shop that sells it, as i like the chess column, and i used to visit the site all the time, but since they made it subscription based and removed it from google news, i get my online news from the telegraph, guardian, bbc etc. why pay for it when the only difference is the comment/opinion section? really shot themselves in the foot with that one.
  10. Mr_Fingerz

    Mr_Fingerz LE Book Reviewer

    and forget how to spell.....

    (MastUrbate) - gives you hair on the palms of your hands and makes you go blind (wanking on the other hand (didja see what I did there?) is an entirely different kettle of apples).
  11. Murdoch is a total cock (see 'Sky' own the sky in 'Skype' to confirm what a ****** he is)

    Why pay for news? The Telegraph, Independent and the Guardian are still free
  12. I pay for the Times crossword, bu would not pay any more for the news - there's plenty of other places to get it. Luckily, The Times decided to include the news for crossword subscribers for 6 months. If they then stop access to the news I'll go elsewhere.
  13. We have the reduced price annual subscription to The Times/The Sunday Times, which gives us free access to the website. If we had to pay extra for it I don't think we'd do it.
  14. I used to view The Times and FT sites regularly .... now they are pay to view I obtain financial and news info elsewhere on other free sites .
    If the number of hits on these two Websites fall significantly then presumably it will have a knock on effect on income from advertisers and they may be forced to review the decision.
    It will be interesting to see if the trials succeed ... one thing is for certain I shall not be paying .