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Recently Expired .TV Domain Captured and Placed On Reserve By the dotTV Registry

April 11, 2012

A couple days back I had an expiring one-word .tv domain on my watchlist – Auctions.tv.  It was due to drop at 3am on April 8th.  However when the evening of April 7th rolled around I somehow lost track and called it quits for the night without having set up a backorder.  It completely slipped my mind.

The next morning when I realized the missed opportunity, I quickly went to check DomainTools to see who, if anyone had caught it.

I was certainly surprised to see the words, Registrar: .TV Reserved Domains

Here you can see the whois record for yourself. (also shown below).  Notice the Creation Date.

Domain Name: AUCTIONS.TV
Registrar: .TV RESERVED DOMAINS
Whois Server: not defined
Referral URL: not defined
Name Server: No nameserver
Status: SERVER-UPDATE-PROHIBITED
Updated Date: 08-apr-2012
Creation Date: 08-apr-2012
Expiration Date: 08-apr-2022

Now I’m no expert on the policies and inner-workings of domain registries, but it did strike me as a bit questionable that the dotTV registry (a Verisign company, according to Wikipedia) could just decide on a whim to pull certain domains out of circulation.

Maybe I’m wrong, or maybe it was just sour grapes. I can see an argument both ways, and I suppose it may also depend on what the reasoning is.

In the past, the dotTV Registry was known for charging elevated registration and renewal fees on certain domains they classified as premium, but to my knowledge they ceased that business model a couple years back. Is it possible they plan to auction Auctions.tv themselves at a later date?

If anyone has any thoughts on this I’d love to hear.  Thanks

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