This is at least the third iteration I recall, but Variety on Thursday will start charging again for some web content. Here's how the trade explains it:
After clicking on two pages of content at Variety.com, one in 10 randomly selected visitors will be prompted to register for further access.
Print and digital subscribers who have logged in with a user name and password have full access to Variety.com. Nonsubscribers may access only five pages of content in any given month.
One fee now provides access to all Variety products, including the print editions of Daily Variety and weekly Variety, as well as Variety.com and Digital Variety. Currently, the introductory subscription rate is $248. Once a person subscribes, all Variety content is accessible on any platform....
Content unaffected by the paywall includes the home page, headlines, brief article summaries and search results. Similarly, Variety news will continue to be aggregated online, as it has in the past.
I guess we'll assume the $248 is for a year.