As news of the new gTLDs, digital archery and ICANN dominate domain industry headlines, .TV continues to grow with more strong sales, developments and support from the domain community. Since my last .TV update, I have seen nearly $200k in reported .TV sales (see list below).
Last month, Rick Schwartz wrote a post titled .mobi, .biz, .co, .xxx, RIP, .COM, .TV, .ME, PARTY HARDY! where he names .TV as one of the top three extensions moving forward. In that post he says:
… at this point in time I would say .COM, .TV, .ME, Are the 3 primary extensions today and into the years ahead. We will see if any of the new extensions are universal. I can’t see more than a handful even having a chance and I don’t count .Company because I see that more as an Intranet as opposed to an Internet.
This is some serious support from a true domain visionary. Makes you wonder besides Rick.tv, what/how many .TV names eRealEstate owns.
It was announced earlier this month that HDNet (owned by Mark Cuban) will be re-branding to AXS.tv in a venture pulling together HDNet, Ryan Seacrest Media, AEG and other partners. Very interesting but not surprising that they went with a .TV domain name (it is after all a TV network brand). What is odd is that the new company chose a three letter domain, which is supposed to be pronounced ‘access dot tv’ problem is they don’t own access.tv.
In other .TV news, Cable.tv which sold last year for $20k is now a developed website that resells cable tv services in a daily deal sort of fashion. The site just recently launched and is already ranked 1.5m by alexa in global traffic and 500k in the U.S. I love the idea behind the site, it will be interesting to see how the brand develops/grows.
Here is an incomplete list of some of the .TV sales reported since my last .TV spotlight post in April (thanks to allthings.tv, namepros .tv subforum and dnjournal)
filme, film, filmy .tv $65000