Dispatch.com Now Limiting Free Access to Some Online Articles
July 12, 2012 3:30 pm at 3:30 pm #92692
So, I go to dispatch.com for part of my local news. Now, they are asking me to pay?? Does anyone know a work-around for this? I really look forward to their Thursday dining features but do not want to pay for the paper or their online site……
“Thanks for being a frequent visitor to dispatch.com! You’ve now viewed your monthly quota of 10 free premium articles. Want to read more? Become a Digital D Subscriber and enjoy unlimited access to award-winning content that can’t be found anywhere else. Simply upgrade your existing print subscription for $2-5 per month, or become a new Digital D subscriber”July 12, 2012 3:38 pm at 3:38 pm #504253
Yep. Apparently this just started yesterday. I read the paper online M-Saturday and get the Sunday Edition at home. Damn them. Checking rates it’s $9.99 for Sunday only, $14.99 for Sunday plus online. I hope the Dispatch fails and we become the largest city with no daily newspaper.July 12, 2012 3:39 pm at 3:39 pm #504254
From their FAQ:
I am a Dispatch home delivery subscriber; do I get unlimited access to premium dispatch.com content and the E-Edition as part of my subscription?
As a home delivery subscriber of The Columbus Dispatch, you will receive access to dispatch.com for up to 10 premium content stories per month. Additional stories, as well as access to the E-Edition, are available for a nominal fee per month. This is called Digital D and this can be seamlessly added to your home delivery account.
What is the difference between dispatch.com and the E-Edition?
Dispatch.com is the web site of The Columbus Dispatch, where you can find up-to-the-minute news, as well as videos, blogs, photo galleries and more. The E-Edition is a digital replica of the printed paper. On your computer screen or iPad, the E-Edition looks identical to that day’s newspaper. We offer E-Edition and unlimited access to dispatch.com together as Digital D. These options allow you to receive the full breadth of The Columbus Dispatch’s in-depth, award-winning news coverage.
What if I don’t want to subscribe to Digital D — can I still read dispatch.com for free?
Visitors can enjoy 10 free premium-content articles (including blog posts) each calendar month on dispatch.com, as well as unrestricted access to browse the home page, section fronts, blog fronts, multi-media and classifieds.
Your free, limited access resets every month: at the beginning of each calendar month, you’ll once again be able to view 10 free articles for that month.
July 12, 2012 3:42 pm at 3:42 pm #504255
That sucks, for all I like to rag on the Dispatch it does a pretty good job of reporting local events. I don’t think the other local news sites are anywhere near as comprehensive.July 12, 2012 3:43 pm at 3:43 pm #504256
They certainly have a different definition of the word premium than I do.
I wonder how long before this trickles down to 10tv.com.July 12, 2012 3:44 pm at 3:44 pm #504257
Columbus DickspatchJuly 12, 2012 3:45 pm at 3:45 pm #504258
I think it would be a smarter move for them to include this for their regular subscribers. I’m not 100% sure but I think that’s how the NYT does it. Doing it this way is kind of a slap in the face to those of us who do subscribe to the print edition.July 12, 2012 3:48 pm at 3:48 pm #504259
I seem to recall The Dispatch having a paywall in the early-to-mid 2000s, but they took it down.
Will be interesting to see how their audience and customers respond to this.July 12, 2012 3:48 pm at 3:48 pm #504260
+1 – made me laugh. I’m online chattng with them now. I’m paid thru 11/11/12 yet they expect me to do an initial payment to change my subscription to include the online edition!July 12, 2012 3:53 pm at 3:53 pm #504261
Damn and they can’t make the change until tomorrow. Guess I’ll have to be like everyone else and go buy today’s paper..July 12, 2012 3:55 pm at 3:55 pm #504262
Guess I’ll have to be like everyone else and go buy today’s paper..
I’m not quite sure that’s what everyone else will do.July 12, 2012 3:56 pm at 3:56 pm #504263
haha well I can’t burn the building down.. I need my news. Sports on CU are lacking. :)July 12, 2012 4:02 pm at 4:02 pm #504264
In theory you might be able to Google the article title, and then click on the link from there, or possibly also change the “agent” in your browser to be the same as the Google indexing robot. Both of these options work on many paywalled sites because they can’t take the hit from not being indexed or findable from Google.
That being said, this is theft, and not theft in an MP3 of a CD you’d never buy anyway kind of theft that supports some kind of entrenched monopoly that steals from artists… well, maybe at least not entirely… but this is however a great opportunity to think about your choices in news and who you do want to buy (or not buy) news from.
Newspapers never have been in the business of selling news. Maybe Bloomberg information services, or having a subscription to the AP wire, that’s perhaps buying news.July 12, 2012 4:06 pm at 4:06 pm #504265
New York Times and the Nation Magazine both charge about $2/mo for online stories above a certain number (I believe it’s 10 stories like Dispatch). I do pay for it each month, I hate having paper lying around.
It sucks that people who already get the paper delivered have to pay extra for it, kind of a salty move.
Since I only read online, I’ll pay the monthly fee.July 12, 2012 4:17 pm at 4:17 pm #504266
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