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Old 07-19-2013, 12:55 PM   #1
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Internet blocking.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised by this, but our local newspaper, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, had started blocking Internet access to it. When you open their site, you get a flash that basically tells you provide your paid subscription password or sign up for it. This blocking is run from time to time and usually for about a week at a time and then it stops for awhile.

The Dallas Morning News has also started blocking Internet access, but it seems to be on a much limited basis, at least for now.

I realize that other newspapers and publications are now doing this also. I'm assuming the reason is because they are losing revenues when people stop paying for subscriptions and instead go to the Internet.

I can understand them doing this, but it still bugs me when I get blocked and no, I haven't gotten a paid subscription - yet!

Your thoughts.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:12 PM   #2
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I just use the local news websites like myfoxdfw.com or wfaa.com if I want some news and I'm not at home. Haven't subscribed to a newspaper in years and don't plan on paying an on-line fee to view their content either.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:21 PM   #3
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I just use the local news websites like myfoxdfw.com or wfaa.com if I want some news and I'm not at home. Haven't subscribed to a newspaper in years and don't plan on paying an on-line fee to view their content either.
With you living in Euless, you know what I'm talking about.

I watch the news channels also, but I still like to read sometimes.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:22 PM   #4
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When we moved back to DFW I started reading the DMN regularly agin on line and found that many of the local stories I was interested in were available only with a subscription and I was not finding those same local stories on any of the other news outlets (might have missed them but...)

Bottom line we signed up for the electronic only version, don't want to have to deal with recycling papers I may/may not have actually read. And by not having a physical paper delivered I don't have to worry about them laying on the front stoop and alerting low life's that I may not be home.

I am waiting for USA Today to start charging too but they seem to be using adds left and right which I have learned to ignore.

I also read BBC which allows me to get news that tends to remove some of the bias I have been seeing in the US mainstream media.

Have also been playing with Flipboard on my iPad. It allows you to tailor the types of news you get and so far is free.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:25 PM   #5
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Many newspapers now do that, I read the NY Times, now only 10 articles per month free, the Washington Post, now only 10 articles free per month and several others every day and it seem that they are all going to the paid for access. I have always had a newspaper delivered until last year when I was informed that the Houston Chronicle would no longer deliver to may house, rural, small ranch.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:33 PM   #6
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Many newspapers now do that, I read the NY Times, now only 10 articles per month free, the Washington Post, now only 10 articles free per month and several others every day and it seem that they are all going to the paid for access. I have always had a newspaper delivered until last year when I was informed that the Houston Chronicle would no longer deliver to may house, rural, small ranch.
Yes and I can understand why they are doing it - with the loss of subscription revenue and probably advertising revenue as a result, they are trying to stop their losses.

It still perturbs me, but I'll get used to it..
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:34 PM   #7
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change your setting in your browser to never allow "cookies" from said webpages... My hometown of CT does that, only 3 articles per day, but if you don't allow the cookies, you can read all day long... all the articles.... Hope this helps you!!
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That's how the newspapers made their money, selling the stories they report on. Now, to just give that away for free does not seem like good business practices. The print papers has ads also, so it doesn't seem too different.
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Many newspapers now do that, I read the NY Times, now only 10 articles per month free, the Washington Post, now only 10 articles free per month and several others every day and it seem that they are all going to the paid for access. I have always had a newspaper delivered until last year when I was informed that the Houston Chronicle would no longer deliver to may house, rural, small ranch.

If you use Firefox go to 'file' then 'new private window' or if you use chrome choose to open an 'incognito' window.

these settings don't remember cookies that way each day you can get 10 articles from either of the papers or more if you close that window and then open another new one.
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...I still like to read sometimes.
Boy, didn't know you could.

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