Tonight, Name.com has pulled all of the pricing it was showing for .TV premium domains if they were to drop.
We’re are not sure if Enom the registrar or VeriSign the owner of the .TV registry ordered or pressured name.com to block this info, but the info is gone.
We showed you last night a screen shot of the what the “new” price for 2 currently owned .TV premium domains would be, if they were dropped by the current owner.
One of the domains, Great.TV is owned by us.
The other Domain we showed you was Porn.TV, a premium .TV domain that is long been rumored to have one of the highest annual renewal costs.
Until tonight, Name.com, showed how much the .TV registry would charge a new buyer for the domain, for a one time payment with normal renewal costs.
In the case of Great.TV, which Enom is charging me $3,000 a year to renew, if I dropped it, anyone would be able to purchase it for $435.
Tonight all of the registered premium domains I search for on Name.com, returns a price of $1,160,000 (see below).
So this is solution that Enom and Verisign appearently came to after my post of last night.
Don’t address the problem.
Don’t fix the problem.
Just take the information away.
What I was told by Enom a few days ago when I directly inquired about the future cost of my Great.tv domain
“Your annual renewal fee is $3,000. If you don’t renew VeriSign may re-price the premium .tv domain and it will be available for anyone to register.”
The message was clear from Enom, pay us the renewal fee we set or someone will be able to grab the domain for a fraction of the cost.
Now we know the price would be in the case of Great.Tv, $435.
In the Case of Porn.Tv, just over $1K.
The way I look at it, when a registrar, tells you to pay almost 8X more PER YEAR than the registry itself is willing to SELL the domain for its now longer a renewal fee, its blackmail.
Let me say it again.
The .TV registry is willing to SELL the domain through all its registrars, for a one time payment of $435 (including the registrars commission or cut) yet my registrar wants me to pay them $3K each and every year to renew the domain forever.
Once again I only own 1 premium .TV domain.
Its 1 domain out of of the approximately 75,000 we own.
So this domain isn’t going to make us or break us.
It’s the principal.
It’s all of the domainers who find themselves in this same situation that I’m speaking up for.
As far as I see it there are only 2 possible and plausible solutions to this problem:
1. The .TV registry announces a policy that for any premium domain with a premium annual renewal fee, that domain will have to stay with the registrar of record before March 18th (Enom) and the renewal fee will carry over in perpetuity to the new owner if the domain is dropped or deleted by the current holder.
However this model did not seem to be working for the .TV registry and would go against the whole reason for the registry to change its policy on the 18th.
2. Offer the current domain holder the chance to purchase the domain at the same price set by the .TV registry for the domain, if it was dropped by the current holder. The domain holder could them pay the one time fee set by the .TV registry, and the normal .TV renewal fee paid to the domain holders registrar of choice.
Premium domains must be mobile and be transferable to any .TV accredited registrar like any other domain.
Those are the choices.
Anything else is inherently unfair to the current premium domain holders.
Here is the real problem as I see it.
Who is in charge of the .TV extension?
Is it the .TV registry or one Registrar?
Once we have an answer to that question, we will get an real answer to the problem that domainers are facing other than ordering that the information be removed.
Here is the new screen shot from Name.com (click on it):