"When we purchased Newsday we were aware of the long-term issues facing the traditional newspaper industry. Our goal was, and is, to use our electronic network assets and subscriber relationships to transform the way news is distributed. "We plan to end distribution of free Web content and to make our news gathering capabilities service our customers."
"We are in the process of transforming Newsday's Web site into an enhanced, locally focused cable service that we believe will become an important benefit for Newsday and Cablevision customers. More particulars will be forthcoming over the next few months."
If I were an advertiser, I'd give my business to the free competition, if they have any, as it's likely to be seen by more people. As a customer, I don't think I'd pay for a website when I can turn on the TV and hear the same news for free.
It seems like some companies are trying to take the web back to the early CompuServe/AOL days where you had to pay extra for ever feature. We see how that worked out when faced with free/flat-rate access.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
True... I'll tell you what though. Nothing in this world is "free". You watch that TV sitcom and get interrupted by 500 commercials and then ask if it's free. Advertising has to pay for the web's legitmate sites or the companies that run them will die.
Oh and if you block ads, then you're just biting the hand that feeds you, sort of like if all you do is download songs for free and never buy a single disc. The musicians would die out too under that model, since the record lables would have to find a biz that paid.... But that's a whole different can of worms all together. :)
In short, support the web sites you like; don't block banners, click on ads you like and put up with the ones you don't, so the internet can thrive.
Editor In Chiefhttp://hothardware.com
Ads dont bother me. Well most of them. The ones that talk or pop up over top of the content do. I usually just stop going to those sites though. I would much rather have ads then pay for online content. As far as Newsday goes. I don't go there. I actually just heard about them here. I could see people losing there paper finding nothing wrong with paying a monthly fee for a online alternative though. That said I won't.
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