Reporting Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The parent company of Philadelphia’s two big newspapers is finalizing plans to sell deeply discounted Android tablet computers to customers who agree to buy a bundle of applications with it.
In mid-July, Greg Osburg, Philadelphia Media Network CEO, said the tablet would break new ground in the industry, as consumers shift from old school ink-stained papers to cutting edge digital devices, like computers and smartphones.
Mark Block, Company vice president, says they will be the first in the industry to sell a tablet and bundle of apps, beginning September 13th.
“(The tablets) are preloaded with digital editions of The Inquirer and Daily News, and a new Android app of the Inquirer,” Block said.
The discount includes the combined price of the tablet and apps for one or two-year subscriptions.
So what brand of tablet might it offer?
“We are expected to make an announcement on the vendor of the tablet and software in the coming weeks,” Block said.
Osberg has made it clear that the media company, in an effort to maintain revenues, was moving toward putting content from philly.com behind a pay wall.
Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060