Sports Illustrated has launched its official Android applications in the Android Market. Available for phones and tablets with Android 2.1 and above, the sports news magazine published by Time Inc. has a trio of pricing plans:
- Print/Digital (Samsung Galaxy/Android Smartphone/Web): $48 annually or $4.99/month
- Digital Only: $3.99/month
- Current print subscribers have free access to the digital package throughout the remainder of their term
We took a look recently at the tablet version of Sports Illustrated (Market link) on the Motorola Xoom, and it was pretty darn striking. (Check out the video after the break.) It's the same principal on the phone. You download the edition, and get all the content -- and then some -- right there on your phone. Download links are after the break. [Time Inc.]
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Launches New Magazine Apps for Android Tablets and Smartphones
New York, NY (2.11.11) – Time Inc. and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED announced the introduction of new “All Access” digital subscription plans that will deliver the iconic print magazine to consumers at all touch points (or on all platforms) beginning today with Android tablets and smartphones as well as on the web at www.si.com/magazine. This is the first of Time Inc.’s emerging digital subscription programs, designed to offer consumers a flexible approach to accessing its branded titles. Earlier this week, Time Inc. announced plans to make TIME, Fortune, People and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED available for subscription on the HP TouchPad when it is introduced later this year.
The new apps from the editors of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED are an extension of the title’s aggressive development initiative. In the last eight months SI has introduced a new magazine iPad app, SI Snapshot (developed in HTML5) for Google Chrome and a new SI Facebook Fantasy Football game. There are also several new Swimsuit digital products, including 3D, coming out on February 15. And last week, a concept for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED on the Android Honeycomb was showcased by Google.
“We view every new technology as an opportunity to provide our long-time subscribers with digital access to the magazine and at the same time attract new readers,” said Terry McDonell, Time Inc. Sports Group Editor. “Our editors and designers have stepped up to customize the best-possible version of SI for various platforms and technologies.”
Beginning today, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED “All Access” includes new magazine apps for the Samsung Galaxy and Android smartphones (OS 2.1 and higher); web access to the issue (after log in) can be found at www.si.com/magazine. The specific plans are:
* Print/Digital (Samsung Galaxy/Android Smartphone/Web): $48 annually or $4.99/month
* Digital Only: $3.99/month
* Current print subscribers have free access to the digital package throughout the remainder of their term
“This is a significant step in delivering SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s award-winning journalism to sports fans everywhere and in any way they want it,” said Mark Ford, Time Inc. EVP and President of its Sports Group. “The new subscription options give consumers flexibility and convenience they desire and ensures that our multiple revenue streams continue to grow.” SPORTS ILLUSTRATED currently boasts nearly 3.15 million print subscribers.
The executive team includes Editor-in Chief John Huey, Executive Vice Presidents Steve Sachs and Maurice Edelson and Senior Vice President/Chief Informational Officer Mitch Klaif.
“We are in the first inning of development and with this new, expanded commerce infrastructure we can ensure that our readers will be able to enjoy their favorite titles across an array of digital platforms and devices as the game unfolds,” said Randall Rothenberg, Time Inc. EVP/Chief Digital Officer.
I wonder if this works in a rooted Nook color. This might be the one that makes me take the plunge :)
I'm still waiting for Word with Friends. And my life will be complete
Saving a dollar isn't enough incentive for me to stop waving around a dead tree carcass. Is there anyone who actually reads on their phones? I scan the news, and read a NYT article or two, but I couldn't sit down and read sports illustrated articles.. Or am I just an old man? Should I dawn my sweater vest and tell the kids how it used to be?
I agree, to a certain extent... I read a lot on my phone but it's mostly news and tech articles, or the occasional message board when I'm researching something. I still subscribe to a few magazines tho and I don't see that changing anytime soon. SI is one of them... There's a lot of articles I just wouldn't read if they were buried amongst a mountain of news, rumors, and scores online. Time, Maximum PC (good guides and how-to's), CPU Magazine (used to have good columnists, they're losing them) and PC Gamer (pretty pictures...) are some of the others.
I read all the time on my phone. But maybe I'm just a young whipper-snapper... Anyway when you click a link to the market on your phone isn't it supposed to send you to the market app? Because that's not what happened.
If this is anything like their CNN Money app, it might be ok. If it's anything like I remember their Time app being, they should be paying you a monthly fee to keep it on your phone.
Not available in Canada :(
Ahh, read schmead. I want to know if the Swimsuit edition is part of this bargain :-)
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