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  • pjv2xyw9dww4b6 pjv2xyw9dww4b6 Feb 12, 2012 9:53 AM Flag

    Paywalls working


    I got quite a Billings education before reaching the page view limit. Here are the subscription options presented after clicking next in the lime-color-themed popup (which needs to do a better job of obscuring the metered page from pj's view):

    "Please select from the following options:
    $ 6.95 Monthly Subscription
    $ 69.50 Annual Subscription
    $ 1.95 Monthly Access for Print Subscribers
    $ 19.50 Annual Access for Print Subscribers
    $ 15.95 Monthly Multi-Website Access
    Get full access to all content on (Billings), (Butte), (Helena), (Missoula), (Hamilton), and (Casper) for just $15.95 /month.
    Subscriptions will automatically renew. You may cancel at any time. You will be notified in advance of any price increases. Sales tax may apply."

    My opinion as to Lee's long-term outlook is so far from mainstream that even I would blush to post it.

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    • PJ said: My opinion as to Lee's long-term outlook is so far from mainstream that even I would blush to post it.

      OK ... but can you at least say whether your outlook is positive or negative? Maybe I'm being dense, but unlike others -- Longtime, for example -- your take on events isn't always clear to people who don't speak PJ-ese.

      I mean this respectfully. I apologize if it's apparent to all and I am simply too dense to see it.

    • PJ, that green pop-up is Press+ and is owned by RR Donelly, one of the largest media companies around. Lee, of course, has its own paywall software through TownNews, but probably went through Press+ in order to get a larger data set and strategize.
      Lee now has mobile apps in every market and iPad apps in all their largest markets. They are probably waiting to have every single type of media available before they put up a paywall in a specific market. The only thing they have been lagging on are updated e-Editions. I think that eligible papers are all the iowa papers, nebraska, napa, oregon, washington, new york, indiana, wisconsin. The Post Dispatch eEdition is still not out in updated form, so they might be a bit late tot the game. I expect an announcement by the end of March, but that is speculation.

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