As we moved forward into the digital era, more and more of us are relying on the internet for the most up-to-date news, and current events. Earlier this week, we had reported that Newsday.com and ExploreLI.com were pulling free access to their content, and making it mandatory to have an account to log on to their site. Although it is true that you do need to have an account to access the majority of the content on the sites, this is not something that is new for Newsday Home Subscription subscribers, who have always been required to have an account to verify that they receive Newsday to their home – it is only a new requirement of Optimum Online Subscribers, who before could access the website without having to create an account on the site if they were accessing the site through a computer using Optimum Online.
The big change that has occurred is that ExploreLI.com now requires an account to log in and view the site, a change that was made effective as of September 13th. The site previously had completely open access, and was not a service exclusively provided to Optimum and Newsday subscribers. What this means is that you will be unable to access their events calendar, restaurant reviews, business listings or any of their online content unless you create an account for the Newsday family of websites. You must be logged into your account to view events listings and articles in their entirety, or you will get a pop-up requesting you to log in, create an account if you are alread a customer, or sign up for their services. The rest of the site will remain grayed out until you have created an account, and logged in.
At the end of the day, it boils down to this: without an account, you will be locked out of the content that is provided by Newsday.com and ExploreLI.com. You must subscribe to one of their services, whether it be receiving the newspaper to your home, their internet service through Optimum, or pay to access the online content only in order to continue using either of the sites. We strive to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date information possible, and apologize about the misstatement of the restricted access being new as of this month for Newsday.com, and any confusion it may have caused.