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Legacy Fund Sells Moda.TV For $30,000 Acquired 2.5 Years Ago For $1,200

June 2nd, 2014 Comments off

The domain name Moda.tv has been sold by Legacy Fund for $30,000

“Moda” is the spanish word for  “Fashion”

Legacy Fund acquired the domain name Moda.TV “close to 2.5 years ago”.

“Legacy paid “$1200 to acquire it and $52 in renewal fees to hold it?

We have reported on other sales by Legacy Fund which specializes in .TV domain names when they sold NF.Tv for $20,000.

Other Legacy Fund sales include::

Jeu.tv – $50,000.
SS.tv – $30,000
OO.tv – $18,000
Femme.tv – $7,000

Congratulations to Legacy Fund and the buyers who is unknown and the domain name is under privacy at the moment.

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Now Owned By Disney, Maker Studios to Launch Maker.tv

May 9th, 2014 Comments off

Maker Studios recently got acquired by Disney for at least $500 million back in March. Disney Chairman and CEO, Bob Iger explained why Disney acquired the company in Variety on Wednesday,

From the article:

“We can allow the Maker people to substantially improve the distribution and reach of shorter form video using these characters and stories and add their expertise on the production side,” said Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger during the call.

While the executive said Maker had built “a bit of a brand” for itself online over the past several years, “we see Maker first and foremost as a distribution platform and successful one. There’s a huge marketing opportunity for this company.”

Maker was acquired because Disney “did not have the ability in the near term to distribute and sell as effectively” as the MCN, Iger said. “They had expertise in creating short form video that wouldn’t have been as deep as it could have been at Disney.”

Read the full story here

TubeFilter did a story on Maker looking to build their brand away from You Tube and will launch Maker.tv

From the article:

Maker Studios is one of YouTube’s biggest networks, but how many of the viewers who watch Maker videos even know the company’s name? The network’s partners–a group that includes Epic Rap Battles of History, PewDiePie, and Toby Turner–are the recognizable brands that attract most fans, but Maker wants to get its own name out there. According to the Wall Street Journal, the soon-to-be-Disney-owned company will launch Maker.TV, a new off-YouTube video platform that will build its personal brand and help attract advertisers.

Maker.TV will be a video destination separate from YouTube. Its launch will follow one of 2013′s major trends: The migration of top YouTube content off of YouTube, an action that can distance creators from Google’s aggressive ad rates. However, Maker’s brass insists that the move isn’t about advertising; instead, it has everything to do with the Maker name. Erin McPherson, who came to Maker from Yahoo last year and is a champion of the new venture, explained that “creators know us. We’ll go to conventions and the Maker booth gets swarmed. We want to lean into that brand where it makes sense.”

“YouTube is great place to build audiences,” she added. “It’s not necessarily the best place to build a brand.”

Read the full story here

This is also a feel good story for investors as a Disney backed network running on a .tv can only bring about more exposure to the extension.

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Fashion Television Media Acquires Fashion.tv for $125,000

April 27th, 2014 Comments off

Fashion.tv sells for $125,000. First off tip of the hat to Ammar from Legacy Fund who did some research and posted on Namepros that Fashion.tv,Fun.tv and Play.tv have all been sold by Cyber Tavern. Cyber Tavern was a partnership which was headed by the late Igal Lichtman. .TV investors checking the whois over the years, regularly saw the name Cyber Tavern or Mrs Jello. The names owned under Cyber Tavern he once told me were names he owned with partners where the Mrs Jello names were just him.

I interviewed him back in 2011 and it also included a take on the new gtlds.

Q1) When did you start registering .tv ?

Igal: As soon as the registry opened up.

Q2) How many .tv do you own today ?

Igal: 900

Q3) There is an old myth that has gone around for a long time, it stated the domain Golf.tv was acquired for $600,000. There was controversy around the name that a gentleman from South Korea won the name but the original DOT TV Corp never awarded him the name.  Did you pay $600,000 for Golf.tv ?

Igal: No I did not pay anywhere near $600,000 for Golf.tv.  I cannot disclose the price but it was not $600,000.

Q4) What do you think about the new tlds coming down the road ? Will they affect .tv ?

Igal: Dot Tv is an international extension. When you look at the world the US has adopted .com, but when you go into other countries its all about the CCtld. Go to Holland and its .nl, you can register a dutch word in .com and it will not receive much traffic if any at all.

Now with the new extensions, take for example .music, it does not mean the same in every language.  TV means TV universally.

These new domains will cause confusion and bring back value to the likes of .com and .tv.  Toll free numbers work like domains in some respect. When there was a need to expand from 800, to whatever it was 888 ? The price went down 30%, when the next number 877 or something came it lowered the prices again. But when the next one came out all the prices went back up for the original because there was too much confusion. 800 is 800 and .com is .com, people will revert back to what they really know.

Q5) How do you feel .tv has done over the years ?

Igal: I think its gaining in popularity but it does not do enough for being 11 years old. I think they are getting smart by lowering the price and getting rid of premium renewal. I was not just a registrant back in the day, but I was also an investor in the Dot Tv Corp, I got my money back on the Verisign buyout.

Q6) What do you think about existing legacy premiums ?

Igal: They want you to return it, that’s why there was no deal for premium holders.  They got your money for a few years and a premium renewal, now you can drop it and they get to resell it.  Brilliant.

Q7) What do you think about leasing .tv names to entities not sold on the extension ?

Igal: I do it and it works. I leased Football.tv for a long time and then we got the name back, its now currently going to be leased again to another party.

Live.tv is another name we are now leasing, before the lease the name got hundreds of uniques a day. (Editors note NSFW).  There is money in leasing if you have good names.

Q8) Do you still register or buy .tv names ?

Igal: No. I am done buying as I am focused on many development projects. No time for keeping up with the auctions and the drops.

Thank you very much for the time you spent today Igal.

Igal: It was my pleasure.

It looks like Fashion.tv was acquired by the company that owns Fashion-TV.com, Fashion Television Media out of Mexico.

Ammar has said that things are in the works to get the documentation to Ron Jackson for documenting the sale on DN Journal.

Fashion.tv is up and running, they mention a Fashion TV set-top box slated to come out.

Through some exciting new strategic partnerships, we’re extremely proud to announce the soon-to-be released Fashion TV Set-top Box.

With the latest in affordable technology you’ll soon be able to plug your television directly to the internet for the full Fashion TV experience…

…no matter what country you’re located in!

Gain access to all of the glamour, glitz, style and beauty that you’ve been missing out on…

Join our mailing list today and be among the first to get your hands on a unit.

In addition to Fashion.tv, Ammar reported that Play.tv and Fun.tv have both been sold for $35,000 each.

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Gaia.Tv sold for $22,372 On Sedo

March 18th, 2014 Comments off

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The domain name Gaia.tv sold for $22,372, according to the former owner of the domain.

The word Gaia according to Wikipedia.org is from Ancient Greek meaning “land” or “earth”; Gaia was the great mother of all: the primal Greek Mother Goddess; creator and giver of birth to the Earth and all the Universe; the heavenly gods, the Titans, and the Giants were born to her.

The buyer appears to the same company that owns Gaiam.com a Yoga and Fitness site and the domain name GaiamTV.com which  describes itself as a “Transformational Network, streaming videos to to expand your horizons.”

The domain name Gaja.tv is being forwarded to GaiamTV.com

The domain Gaiam.TV is also apart of the network and developed.…

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Buyer Of FYI.TV Is A&E Network & It’s Rebranding Their Bio Network To FYI.TV

February 26th, 2014 Comments off

About a month ago we interviewed  Kevin Lawrence is a successful entrepreneur, developer, and .TV investor who at the time had just sold the domain name FYI.TV for $30,000 making it the highest reported .TV sale of 2014.

Tonight Kevin reported to us that the buyer is A & E Network who is using the domain name FYI.TV to re-brand its Bio network.

The Hollywoodreporter.com confirms that  A & E Networks is rebranding Bio as lifestyle network FYI and will launch in June 2014

“Known as “for your inspiration” or “for your innovation,” FYI is described as a personalized experience that will embrace the way viewers live their lives — proudly hyphenated and not constrained by one interest or passion. It will blend the inspiring personal creativity of viewers and the emergence of powerful digital entrants to the space with a linear reach that will create a platform for new approaches to content.”

“Bio, a joint-venture between the Disney/ABC Television Group and Hearst Corp., currently reaches more than 70 million U.S. households. ”

“The network has a programming roster that includes docuseries Mobsters, Gangsters: America’s Most Evil, Alien Encounters, Ghost Bait, Haunted History and Sell This House, among others.”

“The transition to FYI is the next phase in our strategy to bolster the A+E Networks portfolio by evolving and maturing our brands to allow for future growth in the rapidly changing media landscape,” A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc said in making the announcement Wednesday.

“FYI will be an upscale network with a younger and more modern sensibility than what we’ve seen on traditional lifestyle networks, in an effort to appeal to an audience that has been underserved on linear but thrives online.”

“FYI is defined by the world we live in today — offering viewers a less prescriptive, more adventurous approach to their taste, space, social life and look. Gone are the days where consumers are looking for experts to instruct them how to live. Together with our partners and audiences, we are building a new brand that embraces personal creativity and the sharing of the best ideas on air and online.”

 

The new network will cater to a younger, upscale audience by becoming the first net on TV that reflects the way a new generation experience their lives.

The new FYI is already developing more than 30 potential new series that are said to inspire viewers.…

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Network Solutions and .50 .TV Domains

February 25th, 2014 Comments off

Network Solutions needs to pay better attention to their Adwords campaigns or they are trying a bait and switch. When someone did a search for renew dot tv on Google, the search returned the following info.

netsoltv

When you click through no option to get a .tv

netsoltv2

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Verisign Is Not Being Transparent on Their Policy With Regards to Short .TV Domains

February 8th, 2014 Comments off

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Back in December Mike wrote about how GM.tv and 13.tv were being held back and reserved by Verisign.

At the time Verisign said they were holding these back for promotional purposes. In the past Verisign did this with a few other short .tv domains like G.tv.

Domain Name: G.TV
Domain ID: 97041820
Updated Date: 2012-05-10T18:50:28Z
Creation Date: 2011-05-27T04:01:07Z
Expiration Date: 2021-05-27T04:01:07Z
Sponsoring Registrar: .TV RESERVED DOMAINS
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 9998
Domain Status: SERVER-UPDATE-PROHIBITED
Name Server: No nameserver
DNSSEC: Unsigned delegation

So a couple weeks back HD.tv was supposed to drop and the same thing happened. I called Verisign but the person on the phone did not want to speak about it and wanted me to email the marketing department.

Here is that back and forth:

Dear  Raymond,

Thank you for inquiry regarding reserved .TV Domains. .TV reserved domains are domains that are not available for purchase because these domains are reserved. These domains are reserved at the registry level for use in specialized promotions aimed at generating significant brand awareness and adoption of the .tv tld. Please visit the following link for more information regarding .TV domain names.

Jaipal
Customer Service
Verisign

I know what reserved domains are, I am asking are you going to reserve all L and LL.tv domains ? Like you reserved Gm.tv and Hd.tv. Right now Fa.tv and Tw.tv are in redemption, will they be reserved ? Thank you

Raymond,

Thank you for contacting Verisign Support.  Unfortunately we do cannot disclose what domains may or may not be reserved in the future.  Those decisions will be made by the appropriate teams within the company when they determine there is a need or reason to do so.

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best Regards,

Phil
Customer Service
Verisign
VerisignInc.com

So now I have another person replying, Phil, to which I asked, So what you are saying is you are not holding back all L.tv and LL.tv domains that are dropping ? I want to know if any will drop you should be able to answer that question.

Raymond,

Thank you for contacting Verisign Support.  Unfortunately that information is not available to the public.  We cannot tell you if a domain will be reserved or not. We apologize we cannot assist you with any addition information on this.

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best Regards,

Phil
Customer Service
Verisign

This is getting borderline ridiculous, I am asking you is there policy where Verisign is now holding back all L.tv and LL.tv either you are or you aren’t.

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Our Interview With .TV Domain Investor Kevin Lawrence Who Just Sold FYI.TV For $30,000

January 28th, 2014 Comments off

Kevin Lawrence is a successful entrepreneur, developer, and .TV investor who resides in Southern California.

Kevin just sold the domain name FYI.TV for $30,000 marking it the highest reported .TV sale of 2014.

I did a short interview with Kevin to get the background of how he decided on the .TV extension to investment a large portion of this domain investments.


So your a pretty big .TV domain investor can you tell me what  drew you to the space? 

 ”Almost weekly I come in contact with .TV because of an advertisement (car, billboard) or news related to a .TV startup featured on a non-domain blog (TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Forbes, or Business Insider).  It is a frequent reminder of just how disconnected I have become with the .TV domaining community.

When a startup I founded in 2004 started to show traction, I left my professional career in May of 2005 to rejoin it . Because it was getting traction, the decision was motivated by the possible regret I’d feel if I didn’t pursue the opportunity full-time.

The startup developed a custom CMS to feature automotive content and to leverage our proprietary HD streaming video platform.  

We streamed HD automotive video content several months before Google acquired YouTube–long before the masses knew about YouTube!  Based on what I know now, the demand for video and the rate at which we acquired users with no marketing was a recipe to raise money, but that was almost a decade ago when I was a young entrepreneur (my partner even younger) coming in from outside the startup ecosystem for the very first time.

The positive, unsolicited feedback we received from our audience motivated us to work harder (work more) not smarter (raise money and scale).  The video consumption habits of our audience seemed insatiable and demand continued to spike so we decided to feature the HD videos exclusively on their own domain.

That presented us with the modern day domain dilemma–what domain should we register that offers an excellent opportunity to brand this new video channel?

What would still be available in a .COM world on a shoestring budget where all good name were already in use or for sale in the aftermarket at prices beyond what we were willing to pay?

I poured through hundreds of aftermarket listings to identify ANY relevant .COM URL that might appeal to us, but the options did not look good so I expanded the search thinking we might get lucky and find a .NET or .ORG that could work and searched ‘All other extensions’. 

That is when it happened!

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

December 27th, 2013 Comments off

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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

October 28th, 2013 Comments off

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.…

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