The New York Times paywall is like the French tax system:
expensive, utterly complicated, disconnected from the reality and
designed to be bypassed. […]
The New York Times’ pricing structure, the fact that it is
also designed to protect the paper’s physical circulation,
the paywall’s porosity all complicate projections. One thing
is sure: $35 a month ($420/year) to view the online paper on
three devices is ridiculous, not matter how elitist the target
group is fantasized to be. You simply don’t charge such an
amount in a (US) market where services like Hulu or Netflix
cost $7.99 per month.
Worse: because they charge by four-week increments rather than “months”, it actually works out to $455/year.