Here Comes the Sun-Sentinel Paywall: Nonporous, 15 Free Articles a Month

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As promised, the Sun-Sentinel unveiled its new paywall ("digital memberships") system yesterday, and starting right now, if you don't pay up, you're limited to 15 articles per month.

One big question that's been answered is whether the paywall would be porous -- if links from social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter would count toward a reader's 15-article limit. The answer? Yes, they will.

A quick test of the paywall reveals that it will indeed stop you after 15 articles, even if you click on links from other sources.

The other big question was cost. It'll be $9.99 every five weeks, or a little under $104 per year, to keep reading Sun-Sentinel articles, though current print-edition subscribers get it for free.

Compared to other paywalls, it's quite cheap, but it's infinity percent more expensive than the other local news sources. Here's how it stacks up:
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Rich Abdill

The L.A. Times and Boston Globe both charge $3.99 per week, making them more expensive than the New York Times by around $12 a year. The Baltimore Sun is a Tribune paper with a more comparable circulation, and it charges 2.49 a week. The Sun-Sentinel, by comparison, charges $2. We'll have to wait and see if its readers will pay.


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John
John

Use Firefox add-on NoScript or Chrome extension ScriptNo and you can bypass the paywall quite easiliy.

JIM
JIM

The Sun Sentinel can kiss evryone's arse,,who the hell is going to pay to read their news online, when there is a 100 other sites with local news,,good bye Sun

TonyB
TonyB

I just got hit by the paywall crap... easiest solution is to use a private browsing session.  Incognito window in Chrome, Private Browsing in Firefox, In Private Browsing in IE... I would never pay a dime for the regurgitated crap the Sun Sentinel considers news.  99% is just stuff repeated verbatim from the AP, with a bunch of spiteful comments from local readers.

John
John

Once the pop up starts coming up simply clear your cookies.  Good to go for another 15 or so stories.  

Caddman
Caddman

I guess if the paywall is active, it isn't very effective.  I just opened 28 consecutive stories without seeing anything about a paywall.

Boca Jim
Boca Jim

Will the paywall still keep you out if clear the Sun-Sentinel's cookies?

mirele
mirele

If it's like the New York Times paywall, it can be easily defeated by nuking your cookies. 

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