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Jupitermedia Debuts Comstock Subscription Plan

Six months after shelling out $20 million to acquire stock photography firm Comstock Images, Jupitermedia has rolled out a subscription-based option for downloading digital images.

The new Comstock 1700k Subscription Plan is being offered on top of Comstock's royalty-free single image and CD offerings to provide a subscription-based option for customers.

It offers Comstock images in resolution sizes up to 1.7MB with paid subscribers being able to download up to 50 images per day. The company said the plan is geared towards customers in the areas of Web design, multimedia, presentation, newspaper and small professional print pieces.

The plans start at $299 a month with options for three-month, six-month and one-year subscriptions.

"We believe that this 'higher-end' Comstock 1700k Subscription Plan will provide a significant new revenue opportunity for our Comstock Images brand without impacting its present pay-per-download business," Jupitermedia CEO Alan Meckler said in a statement.

Comstock Images is the jewel in Jupitermedia's expanding imaging business, which includes the ArtToday network (Photos.com, ClipArt.com, Graphics.com, FlashComponents.com and RebelArtist.com).

The Comstock acquisition made Jupitermedia a pioneer in the stock photography business with a significant archive of commercial stock images. Comstock markets rights managed, royalty-free and flat-rate images to business clients that include advertising agencies, graphic design firms, publishers and Web designers.

Jupitermedia is the parent company of internetnews.com.