Philadelphia Media Network Becomes First U.S. Newspaper Publisher to Offer Bundled Tablet Packages
Back in July we brought you a story about a Philadelphia newspaper publisher looking to offer its subscribers a discounted price on an Android tablet when bundled with their newspaper’s digital subscription package. This first of its kind pilot program is now official and set to begin tomorrow. So which Android tablet will they be offering and for how much? If you had your hopes set on getting a discounted Samsung Galaxy 10.1 or Toshiba Thrive 10.1, I’m afraid you will be severely disappointed. It appears the Philadelphia Media Network decided to go with a budget tablet for their “unprecedented” offer. Starting tomorrow, subscribers will be able to grab themselves a brand new Archos Arnova 10 G2 at a discounted rate dependent upon which digital subscription package they choose:
- 2-Year Package: Get the Arnova 10 G2 Tablet for $99.00 plus a 2-year subscription to all 3 apps for $9.99 per month.
- 1-Year Package: Get the Arnova 10 G2 Tablet for $129 plus a 1-year subscription to all 3 apps for $12.99 per month.
The “3 apps” included in the subscription package consist of the “Philadelphia Inquirer app for Android,” “Inquirer Digital Edition App,” and “Philadelphia Daily News Digital Edition,” all of which give you access to the newspapers digital content.
If we take a look at the Arnova and its current price in the market, it would appear subscribers to the Philadelphia newspapers are being offered around a $150 discount off of what they would normally pay. The tablet looks to be Wi-Fi only with specs just slightly better than that of a NOOK color:
- 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive touchscreen display
- 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor
- 4GB of storage + microSDHC card for expansion
- Support for a wide range of audio and video codecs and 1080p HD video playback
- 720p video camera
- Speaker and mic
- 10.6″ x 5.9″ x 0.5″
- 1.3 pounds
Don’t expect Honeycomb either, it’s currently running Android 2.3 sans the Android Market. It does, however, come with the AppsLib store and the Amazon App store for all your app download needs.
It’s definitely not the worst $99 Android tablet and if you were looking to subscribe to the newspapers digital content anyways, it could be worth it. Again, starting tomorrow, this offer becomes officially available and will have an initial launch supply of 5,000 tablets available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, follow the link below for more information on how to order your subscription and get your discounted Archos Arnova 10 G2.
[spoiler show=”Press Release”]Philadelphia Media Network and ARNOVA Offer Discounted Android Tablet with Bundled Digital Subscriptions to Inquirer, Daily News
First newspaper publisher in U.S. to offer bundled tablet package
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Philadelphia Media Network Inc. (PMN), owner and publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and philly.com, met the future today, becoming the first media company in America to offer deep discounts on a bundled package of digital newspaper subscriptions and a next-generation Android tablet.
The announcement headlined a new partnership between PMN and ARNOVA, which will manufacture 5,000 of the critically-acclaimed ARNOVA 10 G2 tablets that will include digital subscriptions or “apps” of The Philadelphia Inquirer and philly.com. The partnership is the first of its kind involving a major media company anywhere in the nation. Sale of the deeply-discounted packages officially begins tomorrow, September 13, 2011, when 5,000 of the bundled tablets become available on a first-come, first-served basis. The wireless tablet also comes pre-loaded with a wide-range of other apps and offers fast and convenient web surfing, emailing and a remarkable high-definition multimedia experience.
“This partnership recognizes that consumers are increasingly utilizing tablets and other highly portable devices for their news, sports, and entertainment needs,” said Gregory Osberg, PMN Publisher and CEO. “We intend to utilize a variety of platforms and methods to reach our customers, ranging from philly.com to traditional hard copy subscriptions, as well as our new digital subscriptions. Our goal is to be the most innovative company in the industry, and today’s announcement is a major step in that direction.”
“We are proud to partner with the Philadelphia Media Network on this opportunity to take media and the consumption of it to the next level,” said Henri Crohas, ARNOVA President. “This is a partnership that both brands can be proud of as we both continue to push the boundaries of technology with the goal of improving every day life.”
The tablet is available for as low as $99 with a deeply discounted two-year digital subscription to The Inquirer and Daily News for $9.99 a month or for $129 with a one-year subscription at $12.99 a month. The highly discounted digital subscriptions — made possible in part through sponsorships by Main Line Health, Comcast Corporation, and Wells Fargo — are the equivalent of consumers receiving a free tablet.
The critically-acclaimed ARNOVA 10 G2 is powered by a 1 GHz processor, features an ultra-responsive 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive multi-touch display, and utilizes Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The tablet also supports Flash, plays high-definition files up to 1080p, and with an integrated webcam supports video chat with friends and family.
Individuals who would like to take advantage of this limited launch can visit www.phillytablet.com or call toll-free at 1-800-688-2222. In addition, this week, the first floor lobby at PMN headquarters at 400 North Broad Street has been transformed into a tablet store for consumers who want to test the tablet before purchasing. Customer services representatives also will be on hand to provide tutorials and assistance to individuals who may not have experience with tablets. The tablet’s USB Host Connection feature allows users to connect a mouse, keyboard or external hard drive, by-passing the need to utilize a PC for many every-day functions.
The launch of the tablet coincides with the debut of a new Inquirer Android app, which is one of many apps pre-loaded on the tablet. Users can also access thousands of additional apps through the Amazon Appstore for Android, including e-books, entertainment, news, games and sports.
“Through this innovative project, Main Line Health is on the forefront of providing healthcare information and encouraging health literacy for an increasingly digital and mobile population,” said Sarah Peterson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs, Main Line Health. “Through a variety of convenient ways, consumers can become more empowered in their own health choices to keep well ahead. We believe as people take more control of their health, we all can be part of the solution to reduce the cost of healthcare, or certainly control it. We want to be partners in that process.”
Philadelphia Media Network also partnered with TigerDirect to fulfill orders for the tablet and provide customer and technological support for customers. TigerDirect is one of the industry’s top computer and computer-product retailers and its web site has been ranked among the New York Times’ “Top 25 Online Retailers.”
“We are delighted to participate in the launch of a new era in news delivery. Our world class sourcing and logistics operations provide a solid platform to enable a seamless customer experience,” said Richard Leeds, Chairman and CEO of Systemax, Inc., the parent company of TigerDirect.
About Philadelphia Media Network
Philadelphia Media Network, Inc. (PMN) is the owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. With its multiple brand platforms and integrated print and digital products, PMN is the region’s largest media network and the industry’s technological leader and innovator. The Philadelphia Media Network reaches an average weekly audience of 2.2 million adults – more than the combination of the three evening television news shows or the combination of those radio stations ranked in the top ten during drive-time programming.
ARNOVA was founded in March 2011 with the corporate objective of bringing the best in technology to all consumers at all levels of income. Leading the market of Android powered tablets under $300, ARNOVA provides the best possible value for the lowest possible cost. Specializing in Android powered tablets with its new, affordable 8 and 10 inch tablets, ARNOVA is distributed in developing world countries and as an entry level brand in Europe, North America and Asia.
About Systemax, Inc.
Systemax Inc. (http://www.systemax.com), a Fortune 1000 company, sells personal computers, computer components and supplies, consumer electronics and industrial products through a system of branded e-Commerce web sites, retail stores, relationship marketers and direct mail catalogs in North America and Europe. The primary brands are TigerDirect, CompUSA, Circuit City, MISCO, WStore and Global Industrial.
About Main Line Health
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a non-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburban counties of Montgomery, Delaware and Chester. At its core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals — Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital — as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, and Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery. Main Line Health, with over 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, provides the area’s most advanced medicine to over 70,000 patients annually through patient-centered care, disease prevention, medical education and research.
SOURCE Philadelphia Media Network Inc.[/spoiler]