Mozilla has announced an ad-free news subscription service, which is for $5 per month only. It would offer you ad-free browsing, audio readouts, and cross-platform syncing of news articles from a number of websites. It is not clear when the service will launch or if any of these details are final. For the time being Mozilla is just running a survey that seems to be gauging interest.
Previously, Mozilla has mentioned plans to launch subscriptions and a partnership with an ad-free news startup, so it seems like something close to this offering is on the way. Back in February, Mozilla announced an upcoming collaboration with Scroll aimed at finding a way to help fund news outlets. The organization seems ready to finally launch to the service, sending users a survey, along with invites to an upcoming beta launch of what it calls “Firefox Ad-free Internet.”
The scroll is still in beta and does not have open sign-ups yet, but the company says it offers ad-free access to a variety of websites, including BuzzFeed, Slate, Gizmodo Media Group properties, and Vox Media sites. The service is one of the countless third-party platform aimed at helping ailing publications find a way to better monetize in an era of defunding when journalistic voices have become more important than ever.
Apple news plus offers you access to a wide variety of magazines as well as a few newspapers and online properties for $10 per month. Apple services are not full-fledged just as Scroll once appears to be. And because Apple has a huge reach it sounds as though adoption has been slow, potentially leaving room for another offer.
Last Month, Mozilla CEO said the company wants to start offering subscription services inside of Firefox this October. The company has already experimenting since last year, for a VPN service, and now it looks like we have an idea of what comes next. Another teaser on the official site suggested that the current VPN service would be rebranded as “Firefox Private Network” and offered for either $5, $10, or $13 per month.
However, there are many websites advertising the VPN service, which suggests that the ad-free news pricing may not be final. The company makes their large sum of money through a deal from Google to be the default search engine in Firefox. Plus Firefox’s leader said last month that the company would be able to offer paid features “without compromising” the browser’s core offerings.