Infobox Top level domain

type=Country code top-level domain
registry=The .tv Corporation (a VeriSign company)
sponsor=Government of Tuvalu
intendeduse=Entities connected with Tuvalu
actualuse=Marketed commercially for use in television or video-related sites; can be registered and used for any purpose
structure=Direct second-level registrations are allowed; some second-level domains such as gov.tv are reserved for third-level domains representing entities in Tuvalu
discuss .tv domains at www.namepros.com/dot-tv
website= [http://www.tv/ www.tv] |

.tv is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the island nation of Tuvalu.

Except for reserved names like .com.tv, .net.tv, .org.tv and others, any person in the world can register a .tv domain for a fee. The domain name is popular (and thus economically valuable) because it is an abbreviation of the word 'television' (other similar ccTLDs are .fm, .am, .cd, .dj and .mu). Such unconventional usage of TLDs in domain names are known as domain hacks. The domain is currently operated by dotTV, a VeriSign company; the Tuvalu government owns twenty percent of the company. In 2000, Tuvalu negotiated a contract leasing its Internet domain name ".tv" for $50 million in royalties over a 12-year period. [https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/tv.html] The Tuvalu government receives a quarterly payment of US$1 million for use of the top-level domain.

For a brief period after its creation, all domain names with the letters "AOL" in sequence, even with completely random characters before and/or after it, were blocked from being registered to prevent misidentification with AOL.

On December 14, 2006, VeriSign announced an alliance with Demand Media, run by ex-MySpace chairman Richard Rosenblatt to market the .tv Top Level Domain Name (TLD) as the preferred web address for rich media content.


*cite web | url=http://archive.salon.com/tech/view/2000/07/24/dot_tv/index.html | title=I want my own .tv | accessdate=2007-04-02 | publisher=Salon.com

*cite web | url=http://www.dottvnation.tv/2008/04/the-new-registr.html| title= The new registrants guide to .tv | accessdate=2008-04 | publisher=Dottvnation.tv

External links

* [http://http://registrar.verisign-grs.com/cgi-bin/ctldwhois? Whois]

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