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Deberg_1990 10-30-2012 07:13 AM

KCStar to put up "paywall" for digital content on Dec. 5th

From the publisher
It has a few different names: The metered system, the all-platform-access program, the digital subscription, but mostly folks just call it The Paywall.

Later this year, The Kansas City Star will join hundreds of other news operations in moving to whatever it is you’d like to call it. Essentially, we’re going to charge a little bit for people to get our content, but you’ll be able to access it in a multitude of ways.

So, beginning on Dec. 5, The Star is adding all of our digital subscription products for our home delivery subscribers so that you will be able to enjoy one inclusive print and digital “Star+” subscription package.

Now, I understand that being charged for something that you’ve gotten for free isn’t fun. But providing unlimited access across all platforms for a small amount makes good sense.
This all-access way of packaging our content addresses the new ways people come to us, and provides incredible flexibility for our readers.

Readers will have unlimited access to our suite of digital products, including, e-Star replica edition, mobile sites, digital back-issues and archive databases. This provides subscribers with access on smart phones, tablets, PCs and more.

With e-Star – our digital replica of The Star’s print edition -- articles, photographs, even in-paper ads and crossword puzzles, can be emailed, printed and saved.

I recognize that charging even a few cents more isn’t necessarily popular, but we hope you’ll recognize that it is a logical strategy to enable us to provide quality local news and information in the increasingly myriad ways people reach us.

We are glad more people than ever read The Kansas City Star, as technology continues to enable us to reach more people in more ways. Thank you for reading and for helping us continue to serve and grow in this community, as we have for more than 131 years.
Mi-Ai Parrish

CoMoChief 10-30-2012 07:14 AM

I won't miss the Star.

Usually only read it for sports, and most of the good writers have moved on to better things.

65TPT 10-30-2012 07:16 AM

I'm gonna miss her. Oh looky there. I got a bite.

cookster50 10-30-2012 07:16 AM

I guess as of December 5th I'll be getting my local news only from the tv stations websites.

Predarat 10-30-2012 07:34 AM

Im surprised they are not owned by Gannett, Gannett has been doing this, not bothered me at all, plenty of other sources out there.

J Diddy 10-30-2012 07:36 AM


Originally Posted by CoMoChief (Post 9065017)
I won't miss the Star.

Usually only read it for sports, and most of the good writers have moved on to better things.

This. I can live without Adam Teicher's hard hitting questions.

MahiMike 10-30-2012 07:41 AM

Consider it like a donation. Like PBS. I'd hate to see them just disappear. KC Star is one of the last good newspapers.

BlackHelicopters 10-30-2012 07:48 AM

Sadly, this is a business decision. Will rely on the kindness of strangers when a Royals article appears that is a must read. LOL

OmahaChief 10-30-2012 07:55 AM

I see no issue with this at all. That is a lot of free content and they are in the business to make money. I think all newspaper websites should have some form of metered use. It helps keep them in business which helps save jobs.

Pneuma 10-30-2012 08:02 AM

This reads likes the Stars obituary. RIP

Ace Gunner 10-30-2012 08:07 AM

all news comes from the US military. for free.

hawkchief 10-30-2012 08:11 AM

Good riddance. Star.

Chief_For_Life58 10-30-2012 09:16 AM

uhh so how much will it cost? i hate when people do this. Its a fantastic price and you get to access alllll the information that we have(for only 100 dollars a month!)!!!

Fish 10-30-2012 09:17 AM

I bid thee farewell, KC Star...

Chief_For_Life58 10-30-2012 09:18 AM

yeah i guess ill just be getting my news from national FREE news websites now. Not like the star was informing me about amazing articles when I wake up in the morning. 2 dead in olathe head on drunken driving accident! Meth house seized with 2 million in meth in independence! Mizzou Football looks to rebound after we all thought theyd rape in the sec! Chiefs suck.

I already know what im gonna read on the star anyway.

well bye

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