Concrete details regarding the New York Times' pay-to-view content on its website have emerged and it's a doozy. Here's the breakdown on how the NYT packages will go.
Non-NYT subscribers: 20 free articles per month
"Top News" section of NYT smartphone + tablet apps: free
Home page of NYT is free at all times for anyone
Links via search, blogs and social media: free, regardless of 20 articles limit
Smartphone and Tablet Plans
NYT website + smartphone app: $15
NYT tablet app: $20
NYT website + smartphone app + tablet app: $35
If You Have Printed Papers Of...
International Herald Tribune or global edition of the NYT: free, unlimited access to NYT website
Printed NYT paper: free, unlimited access to NYT website and apps for smartphone and tablet
When Can You Get It?
As of today, the subscription-based model is live in Canada. The rest of the world will get it on March 28. Why does Canada get it first? I can only assume it must somehow be Justin Bieber's fault.
Paid content is coming and it's not pretty. The asking price of $35 a month to get the full assortment of web, smartphone and tablet access feels a bit steep, but I guess we'll have to wait and see how well the NYT's second attempt at paid digital content works out this time around.