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10-22-2009, 12:38 PM
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Newsday.com to charge readers? (UPDATE: Not going so well)

Am I getting this right? On October 28th, readers who are not subscribers of either Optimum Online or Newsday home delivery, will have to pay to access the site, thus blue notes, Zipay's blog?

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On Oct. 28, when the transition is complete, if you are an Optimum Online customer, you will have seamless and automatic access to newsday.com when using your Optimum Online connection. However, to access the site when you are away from home, Optimum Online customers will need to complete the simple, one-time registration.

For Newsday home delivery subscribers who are not also Optimum Online subscribers, you will be prompted to complete the same registration, enabling you to access newsday.com.

If you are not yet a Newsday home delivery or Optimum Online customer, you can sign up for either service, or you can enjoy unlimited access to newsday.com for $5 per week, which amounts to an approximately $20 a month value.
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/y...-com-1.1539681


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10-22-2009, 12:40 PM
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Boo. I like reading Zipay's blogs.

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Yup. A pretty desperate attempt to save a dying medium.

Get yourself a Twitter account.

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Hmmmmm......that makes Newsday.com a subscription service, and as such, their content shouldn't be re-posted here.

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10-22-2009, 12:57 PM
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Awful job by Newsday. I understand it's a medium that's extremely struggling, but Newsday is the least popular paper in the area - do they really think this is going to help? I know it's more popular on Long Island, but I can't see this being beneficial for them in any way.

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Awful job by Newsday. I understand it's a medium that's extremely struggling, but Newsday is the least popular paper in the area - do they really think this is going to help? I know it's more popular on Long Island, but I can't see this being beneficial for them in any way.
It's not the most popular paper in the Tri-State area but it's the franchise on Long Island and probably better positioned to make this move than any other newspaper in the country. Believe me, others are watching. If newspapers don't come up with more ways to gin up cash, their existence is in jeopardy. Have you seen what is happening in the rest of the country? One very big question mark in the survival of the Daily News.

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Some of us are not able to access Twitter from work accounts. This news stinks.

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I'm pretty sure the NYPOST.com is going to do the same thing soon...
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It's not the most popular paper in the Tri-State area but it's the franchise on Long Island and probably better positioned to make this move than any other newspaper in the country. Believe me, others are watching. If newspapers don't come up with more ways to gin up cash, their existence is in jeopardy. Have you seen what is happening in the rest of the country? One very big question mark in the survival of the Daily News.
I don't doubt that this could be a precedent and that these papers are in trouble, and maybe they know they can count on the money from Long Islanders, but it's hard for me to think that anybody who doesn't normally read Newsday is going to start paying when they can get the content elsewhere for free.

Now if the News, Post and Times start going this route it's an entirely different story.

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LULZ

The only paper worth paying for (print or online) is the WSJ.. and they're doing very well!

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Maybe Newsday can take that money, and fix their awful website.

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10-22-2009, 01:41 PM
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I sincerely hope the money they make from these online subscriptions are going back into the newspaper and not into the Dolans' pockets.

The Dolans are quickly becoming into a media monopoly with their ownership of MSG, Cablevision, and Newsday (I love how all the Newsday sports writers are required to write "The Rangers, who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday"). I'm so glad I moved to Manhattan, where Cablevision isn't an option.

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There will always be free content to read. When Zipay goes pay next week, I'll just move to another blog. When that goes pay, I'll move on again...and so on...sure I enjoy Zipay and think he has the best blog, but not worth it to pay.

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Hmm... This is good news for Andrew Gross. A lot of the traffic that went to Zipay's site will probably just go to Rangerrants now. Personally, I think Gross is the best of the Rangers beat writers. With that said, I will miss Zipay's live chats.

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Some of us are not able to access Twitter from work accounts. This news stinks.
You don't own a cell phone?Blackberry?iPhone?

Ubertwitter?

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I sincerely hope the money they make from these online subscriptions are going back into the newspaper and not into the Dolans' pockets.

The Dolans are quickly becoming into a media monopoly with their ownership of MSG, Cablevision, and Newsday (I love how all the Newsday sports writers are required to write "The Rangers, who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday"). I'm so glad I moved to Manhattan, where Cablevision isn't an option.
That a-hole Dolan is the reason I can't watch the games in HD, because I have FIOS...

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I'll still have access because I have Cablevision but it wouldn't really effect me either way because IMO Andrew Gross is currently the best source for NYR news. Zipay was my #2 source for getting my information.

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That a-hole Dolan is the reason I can't watch the games in HD, because I have FIOS...
I were Dolan, I would not allow my main competition to have MSG HD either.

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I were Dolan, I would not allow my main competition to have MSG HD either.
They still don't have the NFL network, he's a dirtbag

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As a guy who works for a newspaper, this is inevitable. If newspaperas are to survive, they have to make money. And with people not advertising there anymore, this is the only way for them to make money. So I know it's not great, but it does make sense.

And yes, Newsday's website blows.

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As a guy who works for a newspaper, this is inevitable. If newspaperas are to survive, they have to make money. And with people not advertising there anymore, this is the only way for them to make money. So I know it's not great, but it does make sense.

And yes, Newsday's website blows.
The paper itself has the worst sports section of any NY paper

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They still don't have the NFL network, he's a dirtbag
Because the NFL has an exclusive deal with DIRECTV regarding the Sunday package.

The NHL network,MLB network and NBA TV are on Cablevision. Those respective sports packages are on Cablevision.

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Because the NFL has an exclusive deal with DIRECTV regarding the Sunday package.
FiOS has the NFL Network.

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FiOS has the NFL Network.
The point is Dolan wants NFL Sunday Ticket. And because Sunday Ticket is exclusive to DIRECTV, he's been adamant about not taking the NFL Network.

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I don't doubt that this could be a precedent and that these papers are in trouble, and maybe they know they can count on the money from Long Islanders, but it's hard for me to think that anybody who doesn't normally read Newsday is going to start paying when they can get the content elsewhere for free.

Now if the News, Post and Times start going this route it's an entirely different story.
The Times is looking hard at pay for content. And as for the Daily News, they have bigger problems. They are truly day to day.

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