The New York Times to charge for access to website

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The New York Times has finally announced its plan to charge viewers for online access to their website. The plan is scheduled to start in 2011 with the majority of 2010 spent building the infrastructure to support this new model. All customers who already subscribe to their print version will have free access to nytimes.com. For customers who don’t subscribe, they will be able to access a limited number of articles for free per month (this number has not been disclosed yet), and once they exceed that number they will be charged a fee.

The Times says this model is an attempt to “create a second revenue stream,” that doesn’t focus on the ads but more on the content.

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