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Paul Carmel



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 9:03 am    Post subject: .tv Reply with quote

why are all domain names ending in .tv taken?
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tansy



Joined: 20 Sep 2004
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Location: La Manche, Normandy, France

PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul...I am so chuffed because I can answer you!!

My husband ex Fleet Street photographer knows all these things...

.tv - a very small island somewhere we think in the Pacific... Tuer Velo or something like that ... that has a population of 400 with income just from fishing...a bright young spark went to the cheif and said why don't we buy up the tv domain name - which they did....notice as an example gmtv.tv...so now all the TV companies want .tv

This was the equivilent of hitting oil as e.g. Suadi Arabia...so much income has been generated they are entitled to join some monetary institution or UN if they so wish!

I think it is a great story....Mike told me it years ago!
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paolo



Joined: 17 Jun 2004
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The country is called Tuvalu - I wasn't aware that all .tv domains are taken. Are they?

Although these domain endings - TLD codes - are intended for sites from those countries, there is nothing to stop you picking any of them for your site. Obviously for a TV station, .tv is an interesting one. The full list of country TLDs is here:

http://www.iana.org/cctld/cctld-whois.htm

You can get some interesting combinations (if available):

www .so.so
www. hap.py
www. holidayrent.al

They're nice to look at, but don't expect anyone to remember anything beyond a .com. I have no idea how you go about acquiring them.
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Steve Noctor



Joined: 16 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

paolo wrote:
You can get some interesting combinations (if available):

www. holidayrent.al


Curiosity got the better of me and I thought you might be onto something with this. Alas as with .uk domains you can't register the root level domain. All domains have to adhere to the following format:

.GOV.AL
.EDU.AL
.ORG.AL
.COM.AL
.NET.AL

It was worth a try Smile

Interesting your comments on people not remembering anything beyond a .com. I agree worldwide but here in the UK I find people's preferences are usually equally split between .co.uk and .com.
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Alan Knighting



Joined: 18 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I wasn't aware that all .tv domains are taken. Are they?


Is this not another old-wives tale? When you think about it, it would be next to impossible to register every combination of site name with an extention of .tv. That would be in the billions. For an obvious example go to

http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/

The last time I looked Liverpool was in England, not Tuvalu.

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Steve Noctor



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some countries are very stringent on domain registrations. The French registrar for example won't let you register a .fr domain unless you can provide them with evidence you are a company trading in France.

Other domains however such as .com, .co.uk, and to my knowledge .tv, are pretty much open on a first come first served basis, regardless of where you trade or are based.
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Alan Knighting



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to register a .tv website then go to:-

http://www.tv/en-def-a852a0721921/en/about/why.shtml

There you can do a search on the availability of your chosen Domain name.

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