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Daily Telegraph latest to put up universal paywall


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The Daily Telegraph is to extend its paywall to us in the UK. Up until now there was no restriction on UK readers, though readers in other countries (including Ireland) could only click a maximum of 20 pages per month before the paywall went up. This latter arrangement is now covering us in the UK too.

The New York Times, The Times and other papers have put up paywalls to get more revenue from their readers.
All newspaper organisations are facing more competition from the likes of Google, blogs and non-traditional media as well.
BBC News - Telegraph extends paywall to UK readers

How long will it be before the seemingly inevitable happens and all main newspaper groups go behind paywalls? It is quite clear that the printed press is on life support at the moment, and it seems fairly obvious that they cannot afford to continue not charging for online content without losses and staff cuts, etc.

Is it fair enough that we pay for reading their work, rather than being complicit in the demise of print media by parasitically enjoying (or not) the content for nothing? Or are the newspaper groups being short-sighted here in not reassessing their business structure in order to maximise advertising revenue online, broadening readership as wide as possible, in order to compete with exclusively online (and free) news content?

Will paywalls soon be the norm?
 

neiphin

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The Daily Telegraph is to extend its paywall to us in the UK. Up until now there was no restriction on UK readers, though readers in other countries (including Ireland) could only click a maximum of 20 pages per month before the paywall went up. This latter arrangement is now covering us in the UK too.


BBC News - Telegraph extends paywall to UK readers

How long will it be before the seemingly inevitable happens and all main newspaper groups go behind paywalls? It is quite clear that the printed press is on life support at the moment, and it seems fairly obvious that they cannot afford to continue not charging for online content without losses and staff cuts, etc.

Is it fair enough that we pay for reading their work, rather than being complicit in the demise of print media by parasitically enjoying (or not) the content for nothing? Or are the newspaper groups being short-sighted here in not reassessing their business structure in order to maximise advertising revenue online, broadening readership as wide as possible, in order to compete with exclusively online (and free) news content?

Will paywalls soon be the norm?
That's awful , I think I might even cry
 

Grumpy Jack

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The Daily Telegraph is to extend its paywall to us in the UK. Up until now there was no restriction on UK readers, though readers in other countries (including Ireland) could only click a maximum of 20 pages per month before the paywall went up. This latter arrangement is now covering us in the UK too.


BBC News - Telegraph extends paywall to UK readers

How long will it be before the seemingly inevitable happens and all main newspaper groups go behind paywalls? It is quite clear that the printed press is on life support at the moment, and it seems fairly obvious that they cannot afford to continue not charging for online content without losses and staff cuts, etc.

Is it fair enough that we pay for reading their work, rather than being complicit in the demise of print media by parasitically enjoying (or not) the content for nothing? Or are the newspaper groups being short-sighted here in not reassessing their business structure in order to maximise advertising revenue online, broadening readership as wide as possible, in order to compete with exclusively online (and free) news content?

Will paywalls soon be the norm?
What other business would attempt to simultaneously sell its product while giving it away for free?

If newspapers are to survive then they must not only go behind paywalls, they must also offer unique content that people are willing to pay for and cannot get elsewhere for free.
 

zippo222

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The Daily Telegraph is to extend its paywall to us in the UK. Up until now there was no restriction on UK readers, though readers in other countries (including Ireland) could only click a maximum of 20 pages per month before the paywall went up. ...

I'm surprised to read that bolded bit T A. I buy the paper copy every day, but also use the Telegraph website. I most definitely visit more than twenty times a month and have never came up against a pay-wall.
 

Lempo

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Newspapers are well on their way to marginalize themselves. People generally do not subscribe to more than one or two print newspapers and they will not do so for Internet ones. Signing up for to read articles is always a hassle as it is, and the subscription model of monthly fees... people can't afford but a couple and will choose not to afford even them.

Some high class specialty publication may be an expection, but publishers of any other rag will find themselves handing their Internet business for other actors and see they are not so highly thought of as they think.
 

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Or are the newspaper groups being short-sighted here in not reassessing their business structure in order to maximise advertising revenue online, broadening readership as wide as possible, in order to compete with exclusively online (and free) news content?
If the reassessment ends up like the new Irish Times website then we are going to be condemned to Facebook like picture led content, with multiple pages to generate click through advertising revenue. Frankly if that's the new business model then no thanks.

Treat me like an adult that doesn't necessarily need visual clues to 'get' the gist of the article from the title, with an intuitive interface and first class content - I won't mind paying for it.
 

ygargarin

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I'm surprised to read that bolded bit T A. I buy the paper copy every day, but also use the Telegraph website. I most definitely visit more than twenty times a month and have never came up against a pay-wall.
I click on 5+ articles In the London Telegraph most days. I've never seen a pay-wall.
 

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I'm surprised to read that bolded bit T A. I buy the paper copy every day, but also use the Telegraph website. I most definitely visit more than twenty times a month and have never came up against a pay-wall.
Its been on/off over here anyway

Some days good...some days bad...
 

zippo222

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Well I definitely hit the paywall when I was over visiting Cork a month or two ago - maybe your IP is non-identifiable as Irish?
No it's not that. Several times I have clicked on a link to a BBC television programme on BBC Player, and been blocked out with a message that the service is not available to me in Ireland.
 

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This means that when the DT publish an article, the viewer has the choice of paying, or of waiting one or two days to see the same article appear in the Indo....
 

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They don't always credit the Telegraph as being the source either.
The Indo is becomming a cut and paste job. A bit like Pravda. A collection of stuff from competitors, which they assume that Irish people don't know about, plus a few Irish profile names putting an Irish accent on it.

Despite their cheap approach, they still can't make it pay.
 

Dunlin3

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Just clear your browser cache or use multiple browsers and the get around the 20 article limit. Been working for me.
 

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They don't always credit the Telegraph as being the source either.
The Indo has not gotten to the point that second hand articles from the DT or short peices from Reuters counts for almost the entire credibility of the comic newspaper, at this point in time.
 
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