Q. What is The Kansas City Star Plus?
A. The Kansas City Star Plus provides immediate and unlimited access to all content on our newspapers website (Kansascity.com), our mobile site (m.kansascity.com), our iPhone app, mobile readers and our electronic replica edition (E-Edition), in addition to your printed newspaper subscription. The Kansas City Star Plus bundles all the ways you can read The Stars content into one price.
Q. How does the digital subscription work?
A. With a digital subscription, after Dec. 5, 2012, you will have unlimited access to all digital content. Without a digital subscription, your access to our Kansascity.com site will be limited to 10 pages every 30 days. Once you reach the 10-page limit, youll need to subscribe or wait 30 days to view additional content. Mobile devices have a higher limit.
Access to E-Star will require a digital subscription.
Q. What are my digital subscription options?
A. There are several options. On your first renewal after Dec. 5, 2012, Star newspaper subscribers will have the digital bundle with unlimited digital access for $ .69 a week. This is available whether you subscribe 7 days a week or less.
After Dec. 5, if you want digital-only access, without a print subscription, the digital bundle alone will be $9.95 per month (or $109.45 per year if paid annually). New digital package subscribers will receive the first month for .99 cents. The digital subscription will automatically renew at the $9.95 per month price.
Q. What if I already renewed my newspaper subscription? Do I have to pay extra now?
A. No. The digital bundle charges will begin with your first subscription renewal after the new program begins on Dec. 5.
Q. Can I comment or read the comments without paying for a digital subscription?
A. After Dec. 5, you will be able to make comments until you reach 15 free pages. After that, youll need a digital subscription.
Q. Will I be able to use my free Star iPhone app or Mobile reader without paying for a digital subscription?
A . Without a digital subscription, your access will be limited to 60 pages every 30 days on the iPhone app (20 pages every 30 days for a mobile device). Once you reach the page limit, youll need to subscribe or wait 30 days to view additional content.
Q. What if I dont want digital access?
A. Most of our readers use Kansascity.com, E-Star or our mobile apps, so bundling them makes sense. If you never use the website, dont have a smartphone or tablet, you can opt out of the digital portion when your subscription renews after Dec. 5. To opt out, call us at 877-962-7827 and press 8 for an operator to assist you.
Q. Why isnt Kansascity.com free any more?
A. Readers the world over will continue to have unlimited access to some portions of our website. For story content, breaking news, commenting, opinions and the rest of the site, readers will receive 10 free page views in a 30 day period. After Dec. 5, access beyond 10 page views will be limited only to those who have a digital subscription. After Dec. 5, readers can get 10 pages for free every 30 days; more avid online readers will be asked to pay a modest fee to continue reading, and print subscribers, who are some of our most loyal customers, are entitled to discounted access to a digital subscription. On their first renewal after December 5th, they will pay just .69 cents a week for their digital subscription. That is a 70 percent discount off of the digital package price.
The world of news and information keeps changing, and the newspaper industry continues to be at the forefront of that change. Technological advances of the last decade provide us all with the convenience of mobile phones, tablets and an array of social media channels, and our readers want the same instant access to their newspaper. So we have transformed our business to deliver breaking news in and through a variety of platforms, becoming 24/7 information specialists.
The changes also require a change in our business model. We can no longer expect advertising to support all these platforms and options, so our readers will now share the support more equitably. After Dec. 5, Kansas City Star Plus allows our readers unlimited access to all our suite of digital products at a minimal cost.
Q. What happens if I use only a few of my free pages when the month runs out?
A. After Dec. 5, the count for free pages will start over every 30 days, not on a monthly calendar.
Q. Can everyone in my household use the same digital account?
A. Yes. Your digital subscription can be shared. Your account can be accessed simultaneously from a home computer, work computer or e-reader with the same log in credentials.
Q. Will access to the e-Edition be included in my digital subscription?
A. Yes. After Dec. 5, you will just enter the account information for your digital subscription when prompted to access e-star and kansascity.com. For the iPad e-Edition, customers will need to download the app through iTunes.
Q. I subscribe to The Star print edition, but not for all 7 days. Do I still receive the digital subscription access all 7 days?
A. Yes. After Dec. 5, all home delivery subscribers will have the digital bundle added for .69 cents a week. Your digital access is good 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Q. Can everyone in my household use the same account?
A. Yes, you can use the same account for all your family members.
Q. Is the popup subscribe window a secure URL?
A. Yes. If you right-click on the window and view frame info or frame source, you'll see it's an https URL.
Q. What is the cancellation policy?
A. You may cancel your subscription at any time. When you cancel, we will stop charging your account the following billing cycle. Your unlimited access will continue for the remainder of the current 30-day period. Afterward, you will still be able to view 10 pages per 30-day period on Kansascity.com at no charge, just like any other visitor.
Q. What if I have further questions?
A. For questions about your print subscription, or for more information about the digital package subscription, please contact our customer service department at: DigitalStar@kcstar.com or 877-962-7827 press 8 for an operator to assist you.
Q. How do I make Kansascity.com my home page?
If you already have Kansascity.com as your home page, you wont have to do a thing. If not, to make Kansascity.com your home page, follow these instructions depending upon the web browser you use:
Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 7 (or higher)
Select the small black arrow beside the house icon. Select Add or Change Home Page. Select Use this webpage as your home page (if you are on Kansascity.com). Click Yes Mozilla Firefox 3 (or higher)
Click on Tools, then Options. Select the General icon. Where it says Home Page, manually type the URL http://kansascity.com in the text box, or if youre already on Kansascity.com, select the Use Current Page button. Google Chrome 7 (or higher)
Select the wrench icon in the upper right hand corner. Click on the Basics tab (select Settings for older versions of Chrome). Under Home Page, type the URL http://www.kansascity.com in the text box, or if youre on Kansascity.com, click on the Use Current Page button. Click and close. Safari Browser 4 (or higher)
Click on General Safari Settings on the status bar in the far right. Choose Preferences. Choose the General icon. In the Home Page box, manually type the URL http://www.kansascity.com. Click the red X in the upper right corner to close the window.