Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 18:54 UTC
Internet & Networking There's an article today at that looks at recent trends around net-based pay-for services and the smattering of paywalls from News Corp to the NYT that are up or threatening to be put up, and speculating that this could be the beginning of a trend. Of course, a YouTube video rental site and a few large publishers putting up paywalls will make zero difference to the "free internet" on their own. But if they're successful, it could spark emulation. But could this be a trend that could snowball enough to change the nature of the net?
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End of "free internet"? not likely
by bolomkxxviii on Mon 12th Jul 2010 18:11 UTC
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Old media spends millions trying to force everyone to fit their old models of distribution instead of innovating and adapting to the new reality. People will (and do) pay for content. e-books, itunes and netflix are all profitable examples. You have to offer something the consumer finds valuable and you have to offer it at a reasonable price. The biggest problem seems to be the content providers feel their content is worth a lot more than the consumers do. I have unlimited steaming from netflix for $10/month. The rumor is TV shows will cost $1 per episode to stream at other outlets. Count how many shows you watch a month. I bet the bill will be higher than your cable/satellite bill. Now figure that their cost of distribution is probably LESS with streaming over the internet. What justifies the added cost? The same it true with newspapers. They want to charge the same or more for a distribution channel that cost them less. No wonder these business models fail.

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