Sun-Times Media Holdings LLC, which owns the Chicago Sun-times and many suburban newspapers, announced today that the free ride is over for on-line readers. Starting this week, they will begin charging on-line readers for access on most of its news websites after a certain amount of page views.
They seem to be following a trend happening in other states, designed to generate revenue. Struggling publishers around the country are realizing that newspapers may eventually become a thing of the past. Can you imagine no more news papers?
According to news reports, the new program will prompt online visitors to buy a subscription after viewing 20 pages of any of their papers’ websites, within a 30-day period. The costs will vary depending on their status, print subscribers will pay $1.99 per month and digital will be billed $6.99.
This is clearly the thing of the future, so get prepared to begin paying for things you currently receive for free on the internet. Remember when water was free? Well, as the saying goes…nothing free last forever, so don’t expect internet based websites to either.
Soon we will sit around like 80-year-old’s saying, “Remember when the internet was free? Those were the good old days!” This really sucks…
IN CHICAGO ONE THING IS STILL FREE…COMPLIMENTARY BUYER SEMINAR THIS SUNDAY!