Sports Illustrated announced today that it plans to start charging a subscription to access parts of its SI.com Web site, in the latest effort by parent company AOL Time Warner to tap revenue from its Internet properties.
Unlike previous moves by AOL Time Warner to, only some areas of SI.com will become subscription-only. SI Exclusive, as the subscription portion is called, will include columns and news features from the Sports Illustrated print magazine, photo galleries and sports previews. Most elements of the site, including sports scores and news, will remain free. AOL subscribers will not receive SI Exclusive as part of their service, but members will continue to have exclusive access to the online versions of other magazine titles such as Entertainment Weekly and People.