Newsweek to use Slovak Piano paywall

AP News
Posted: Mar 05, 2014 10:51 AM

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A Slovakia-based company that offers paywall projects for media to earn revenue for access to their online sites has made its first foray into the U.S. with a deal to provide its services to Newsweek.

Piano Media says Wednesday its metering paywall system has been chosen by Newsweek's owner IBT Media for the magazine, which is currently web-only. Piano will also process payments for the print version, which is due to relaunch Friday.

Starting in 2011, Piano has put major media in Slovakia, Slovenia and Poland behind a single paywall in each country while people pay a small one-time fee for unlimited access to a range of websites for premium content.

Piano has also introduced metered paywalls for individual publishers, which have been used in Germany, Spain and other countries.