Verisign Is Taking Back Expired Two Letter & Two Number .TV Domains

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Verisign the registry for the .TV registry is apparently taking back any expired new Two letter (LL.TV) .TV domain names as well as any two numbered (NN>TV) domain names.

Recently a domainer that had a back order on a two letter .Tv domain and a two numbered domain received this notice from Verisign:

“Thank you for contacting Verisign Support. I reached out to our Operations team to determine where they were in their investigation. They have a resolution for the issue prepared. However, the business team has concluded that both 13.TV and GM.TV will be placed into Reserved status upon their deletion.

They will not be able to be registered by any registrar once that takes effect.

They are reserving these domains at the registry level for use in specialized promotions aimed at generating significant brand awareness and adoption of the .tv tld.

I do apologize for the inconvenience, I know you wanted to register these names.””

You can now see that the domain names have in fact been taken back from the whois:

Domain Name: 13.TV
Domain ID: 108626603
Updated Date: 2013-12-25T04:04:39Z
Creation Date: 2013-12-25T04:04:39Z
Expiration Date: 2023-12-25T04:04:39Z
Sponsoring Registrar: .TV RESERVED DOMAINS
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 9998
Domain Status: SERVER-UPDATE-PROHIBITED
Name Server: No nameserver
DNSSEC: Unsigned delegation

Could Verisign do the same thing with a two letter expired or a two numbered .net expired domain name?

What would stop them?

ABC/Univision Launch New TV Network Tonight & Goes With a Net: Fusion.net Instead of Fusion.tv For Its Site

A new television network is launching tonight in the United States, Fusion Network, a joint venture between ABC/Disney and Univision.

According to  Wilkipedia.org Fusion is an  24-hour news, lifestyle and entertainment channel aimed at English-speaking Millenial’s and combines the resources of ABC News and Univision.

Fusion is based in a converted studio facility outside Miami.”

On the domain name front the newest national network is going with a .Net for its website which is Fusion.net

Fusion.com is registered to the Fusion Company out of Richmond Virgina through the Brand Protection company Netnames.com and is a operating website which probably was not available for any price.

It looks like fusiontv.com  has also been in use for many year and was not available.

If your thinking that the .TV version of the domain name would be the better choice than the .net, well the network owns the Fusion.tv as well, and that domain name forwards to the Fusion.net.

So what do you think?

Should the network have branded around the .TV domain or the .net?

It is a television network so its hard to argue one against the other since the were smart enough to get both domains.

Still its a nice boost for .Net domain names and Verisign which is the registry for .net and has been running the Best of the .Net  campaign.

Of course Verisign also operates the .TV registry so it couldn’t lose either way.

TechCrunch Covers Another Company Built Around.TV: IRIS.TV Raises $1.7 Million

 

 

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TechCrunch.com covered yet another startup that just got some angel funding and is built around a .TV domain name.

IRIS.TV which was founded by the folks behind Jukebox TV is coming to market with $1.7 million in seed funding from angels in the media and finance world, including folks like Bob Jacobs, who was Bill Cosby’s long-time agent and is considered the “godfather of television syndication”; Nick Rau, co-founder of Vizu (which recently sold to Nielsen); former Viacom exec Jimmy Barge; and entertainment attorney Jor Law.

IRIS.TV gives video publishers the tools to make streaming video more personalized which keep viewers watching for longer.

 

“The technology is mostly designed to string together short-form videos that create more of a lean-back experience for casual viewers. Rather than having to search for the next video to watch once the current one is over, consumers are offered something they will (hopefully) find relevant and enjoyable.”

TechCrunch.com also reported this week on Twitch.tv raising another $20 Million.

 

 

Twitch.TV Spun Off From Justin.TV Raises $20 Million

Allthingsd.com, is reporting that Twitch.TV “an online video network and gaming community, raised a $20 million series C round of funding.

“The round was led by Thrive Capital, with participation from WestSummit Capital and Take-Two Interactive Software, as well as existing investors Alsop Louie Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners.

“The company, which sees more than 45 million unique monthly visitors, will use the new capital to further scale its sales and infrastructure divisions.”

According to WSJ.com Twitch.tv  is a San Francisco-based company, which was spun off from Justin.tv

Roughly 30% of Twitch viewers are in North America, 35% in Western Europe, 10% in Eastern Europe, 13% in East Asia and the balance in South America and other regions.

Another tremedous company and brand built on a .TV domain name.

LoveLive.TV Gets Another $2.7 Million In Funding & Is At $20 Million

Another site build out on a nice and brandable .TV domain name LoveLive.TV which started in 2012 just got an investment of $2.7 million dollars according to VentureBeat.com

“LoveLive helps record and distribute live performances from musicians. It also helps copyright holders monetize those performances through paid sponsorships from major brands, charging pay-per-view fees to fans who want to see the live stream, and managing distribution channels like YouTube and Vevo. The startup processes over 400 live performances per year from several well-known artists, such as Madonna, Ellie Goulding, and many others. Some of the brands it’s worked with include HP, Ford, and Nike.”

The new round of funding comes from a select crop of notable investors with experience in the digital media industry. Those that participated in the round include Maker Studios executive chairman Ynon Kreiz, Andurand Capital’s Pierre Andurand, former 888 Holdings CEO Gigi Levy and Access Industry’s head of media Jorg Mohaupt — as well as Perform Group execs like joint-CEO Oliver Slipper, CCO John Gleasure, and former COO Andy Measham.

Founded in 2012, the London-based startup has 50 employees. Cohen said the latest investment is the first part of a larger $20 million institutional round of funding that the company plans to raise in the future.