It has a few different names: The metered system, the all-platform-access program, a digital subscription, or a paywall.
Beginning Dec. 5, The Kansas City Star will join hundreds of other news operations in moving to whatever it is youd like to call it. Essentially, were going to charge a little bit for people to get our content, but youll be able to access it in a multitude of ways.
The Star is adding all of our digital subscription products for our home delivery subscribers so that you will be able to enjoy one inclusive print and digital Star+ subscription package.
Now, I understand that being charged for something that has been free isnt fun. But we are much more than paper and a homepage. Providing unlimited access across all platforms for a small amount makes good sense.
This all-access way of packaging our content addresses the new ways people come to us, and provides incredible flexibility for our readers.
Readers will have unlimited access to our suite of digital products, including kansascity.com, e-Star replica edition, mobile sites, digital back-issues and archive databases. This provides subscribers with access on smart phones, tablets, PCs and more. With e-Star our digital replica of The Stars print edition -- articles, photographs, even in-paper ads and crossword puzzles, can be emailed, printed and saved.
We hope youll recognize that it is a logical strategy to enable us to provide quality local news and information in the increasingly myriad ways people reach us.
We are glad more people than ever read The Kansas City Star, as technology continues to enable us to reach more people in more ways. Thank you for reading and for helping us continue to serve and grow in this community, as we have for more than 131 years.