The Complicated New York Times Digital Subscription Plans

Concrete details regarding the New York Times' pay-to-view content on its website have emerged and it's a doozy. Here's the breakdown on how the NYT packages will go.

Free Plans

Non-NYT subscribers: 20 free articles per month

"Top News" section of NYT smartphone + tablet apps: free

Home page of NYT is free at all times for anyone

Links via search, blogs and social media: free, regardless of 20 articles limit

Smartphone and Tablet Plans

NYT website + smartphone app: $15

NYT tablet app: $20

NYT website + smartphone app + tablet app: $35

If You Have Printed Papers Of...

International Herald Tribune or global edition of the NYT: free, unlimited access to NYT website

Printed NYT paper: free, unlimited access to NYT website and apps for smartphone and tablet

When Can You Get It?

As of today, the subscription-based model is live in Canada. The rest of the world will get it on March 28. Why does Canada get it first? I can only assume it must somehow be Justin Bieber's fault.

Paid content is coming and it's not pretty. The asking price of $35 a month to get the full assortment of web, smartphone and tablet access feels a bit steep, but I guess we'll have to wait and see how well the NYT's second attempt at paid digital content works out this time around.

Via TechCrunch

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