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posted by azrael on Saturday August 23 2014, @12:21PM   Printer-friendly
from the some-pills-to-sell-you dept.

Sophie Curtis reports at the Telegraph that an ad-free internet would cost each user about £140 ($230) a year – a sum that the vast majority of UK web users say they would never pay. Ebuzzing calculated the average ‘value’ of each web user by dividing the amount of money spent on digital advertising in the UK in 2013 (£6.4 billion) by the number of UK web users (45 million).

However in a survey of more than 1,400 UK consumers, 98 per cent said they would not be willing to pay this amount to browse the internet without advertisements and although most consumers regard ads as a necessary trade-off to keep the internet free, they will go to great lengths to avoid advertising they do not wish to see.

"It’s clear the ad industry has a major role to play in keeping web content free, but we have to respond to what consumers are telling us," says Jeremy Arditi. "We need to get better at engaging, not better at interrupting. That means introducing new formats which consumers find less invasive, more creative ads that are better placed, and giving consumers a degree of choice and control."

The study also looked specifically at the mobile app sector and found that 77 per cent of consumers never upgrade to paid for versions of free mobile apps. "Publishers of mobile apps will remain heavily reliant on in-app advertising to fund their content creation," says Arditi. "That means the same rules apply – they must give consumers ads that offer choice, relevance, entertainment and brevity."

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  • (Score: 2) by lhsi on Saturday August 23 2014, @10:41PM

    by lhsi (711) on Saturday August 23 2014, @10:41PM (#84767) Journal

    [Ad-Free Television] would cost so much that the average view would have no money left for food and would soon starve to death.

    Here is how much ad free TV costs:

    The annual cost of a colour TV licence is £145.50 (as from 1 April 2010). A black and white TV licence is £49.

    Source: []

    Well, would you look at that. It's mighty close to the figure in the summary.

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  • (Score: 2) by prospectacle on Sunday August 24 2014, @02:26AM

    by prospectacle (3422) on Sunday August 24 2014, @02:26AM (#84835) Journal

    You raise a good point: It depends entirely on which payment options are in place. It's not simply ads or not. There's flat-fee subscriptions (like the UK TV licence), multi-tier subscriptions (pay per channel or package thereof), usage-based fees, progressive taxation, etc.

    For the web, if there were no ad-money, there would be four main categories of sites:
    1 - Hobby and public service (no money required to use, but donations welcome or requested). e.g wikipedia, gutenberg, dwarf fortress.
    2 - Government owned (someone's taxes or licence fees are paying for it, but maybe not yours). BBC, ABC (Australian), Al Jazeera.
    3 - Subscription/fremium (pay for unlimited access, some content may be in the free zone).
    4 - Pay per item. A shop, basically.

    Unlike TV, most websites are international, so most web surfing (categories 1, 3, 4, and 2 if it's from another country) would cost either nothing, or as much as you wanted to pay. Of course you would have to pay whatever your country's government decides to charge you for its web-services, but that's already the case.

    If a plan isn't flexible it isn't realistic