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Gaia.Tv sold for $22,372 On Sedo

March 18th, 2014 Comments off


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

The word Gaia according to 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 a Yoga and Fitness site and the domain name which  describes itself as a “Transformational Network, streaming videos to to expand your horizons.”

The domain name is being forwarded to

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 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.


When you click through no option to get a .tv


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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 and 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

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
Name Server: No nameserver
DNSSEC: Unsigned delegation

So a couple weeks back 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.

Customer Service

I know what reserved domains are, I am asking are you going to reserve all L and domains ? Like you reserved and Right now and are in redemption, will they be reserved ? Thank you


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,

Customer Service

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


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,

Customer Service

This is getting borderline ridiculous, I am asking you is there policy where Verisign is now holding back all and 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
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: Instead of 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 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 is registered to the Fusion Company out of Richmond Virgina through the Brand Protection company and is a operating website which probably was not available for any price.

It looks like  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 as well, and that domain name forwards to the

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

October 5th, 2013 Comments off 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.” also reported this week on raising another $20 Million.



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

September 30th, 2013 Comments off, 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  is a San Francisco-based company, which was spun off from

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.…

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

September 26th, 2013 Comments off

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

“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.…

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