While Philly.com is still rolling out some of the redesign features, it looks like the site will be a bit lonely next year: According to Poynter, in the first quarter of 2013the Daily News and Inquirer will launch their own sites behind a paywall (which, as we learned with the New York Times, is fairly easy to work around), while Philly.com remains free and open access.
Interstate General Media spokesperson Mark Block told Poynter, “The precise launch date is not confirmed, but our time frame is first quarter 2013.” Philly.com’s focus will reportedly be entertainment features and video, while the details of the subscription plans are still being finalized, according to Net News Check. NNC also says:
The move is reminiscent of what happened in Boston last year when BostonGlobe.com was launched alongside Boston.com. The two sites have run in tandem since then, with BostonGlobe.com charging subscription fees and offering content similar to what appears in print. Boston.com, meanwhile, has remained free and continued to expand its digital offerings with blogs, event calendars and other digital-only features.”
So we can probably expect the Inky to try to class-up its online presence and image, distancing itself from the look and feel of Philly.com, much as it does in print with the Daily News. But really? We have to pay for this stuff now? So it is here where we ask you: