The New York Times has tweaked its digital paywall — and not for the better.
Beginning today, June 27, the newspaper of record is further restricting the number of articles non-subscribers can access via The New York Times website, and through mobile apps, such as the ones for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad.
Originally, mobile devices users were able to read up to 15 stories per day, as long as they were listed under the “Top News” section. That has now been changed to just three articles per day, but across all sections. In a surprising move, video content will remain free within all mobile apps.
These changes also apply to apps running on Android, Windows Phone 7.5 and up, and BlackBerry 10. Access to The New York Times on Flipboard is also impacted by these new rules.
Web visitors, meanwhile, can now read 10 free articles per month, including blog posts, slides shows, and other multimedia. Previously, the limit was 20 articles per month. This, however, doesn’t include access to browse the home page, section fronts, blog fronts, and classifieds.
For a limited time, The New York Times is offering free seven-day trials, which provide unlimited access on all mobile apps. To keep full access after this point, you’ll have to pay $15 per month for the website and smartphone app, $20 for the website and tablet app, or $35 per month for full access on Web, smartphone, and tablet.