Over last weekend the super premium one letter .TV domain name G.TV was suppose to drop as the former owner failed to renew it.
However instead of dropping the domain for what would have been a one time payment of $4,750, the domain name was taken back by the .TV registry and not allowed to drop.
Verisign owns the .TV registry.
We chatted with the .TV Registry who informed TheDomains.com that they now have implemented a policy that will intercept any one character .TV domain from dropping ever again.
Instead the .TV registry intends to reclaim any single character domain from ever dropping and putting any of them, like G.tv into the registry reserved status.
While the .TV Registry was quick to tell us they have reserved every one character .TV domain that will ever drop, what they will do with those domains is far from certain.
The .TV Registry did not disclose if or how they plan to sell these single character domain names.
As the Registry, they are well within their rights to not allow these domains to drop and to take them back and put them into reserved status, but it certainly will shrink the available pool of 1 character domains and therefore make those single character .TV domains currently held by domainers much more valuable.
If you ever on Jeopardy and are asked what was the last single character .TV domain that was allowed to drop, the answer would be 9.TV which dropped and was picked up for a one time renewal fee in early May.